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Country at constant war - Is a permanent powerful economy possible?

In the fantasy novel I am writing, there is a world-wide war going on. The war spans several continents and has many fronts, but the actual fighting is very similar to that of WWI - mostly waiting in ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Given the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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Which businesses/industries can easily and efficiently launder money? [closed]

In a world roughly like ours, I have $millions per year, variable, in illegal income that I want to launder through a legitimate business. I want to be able to scale the business up and down to fit ...
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Could this villainous urban development scheme be easily detected?

THE SCENARIO: I've been inspired by shows like The Shield and The Wrong Mans to come up with my own (even more flamboyantly evil) development scheme, to use as the backdrop for the action in a low sci-...
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What would happen if everyone in the world desired equally to start a business?

Consider the following concept: Everyone in the world is naturally a hard worker. Everyone in the world is naturally of equal intelligence. Everyone in the world receives equal educational ...
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Would 4 day 36 hour work week be highly detrimental to the economy of my country?

I would like to make mandatory 4 day - 36 hours work week in my beloved Wadiya. Friday is part of the weekend, Monday - Thursday 9 working hours per day. That law should apply to all government ...
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How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful?

How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful (Wealthy, politically and materialistically powerful, secure, stable)? Background: In this instance the country is a monarchy to begin with. ...
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The Project Sahara

This is The Sahara Project my grandfather made up with me: On the western African coast and its surroundings, where the rocky Sahara desert lies, great fields of solar panels will be placed; they ...
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How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power? [closed]

Notice I asked why this question was too broad on WorldBuilding Meta, and JBH was kind enough to explain at length. There isn't anything in particular with my question, so much as the question ...
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Can postapocalypse world ditch one currency?

This is mostly an economy-based question, so I am using Fallout world as an example. But bear in mind I care about economy factor of switching from one currency to another. The world is after a great ...
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How do I map aerial trade routes for my airship economy?

Background: I'm continuing to work on the economy of my industrial age world. As background info, it's a fantasy world, with loose basis in western Europe, 1870-1914; though the presence of (...
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How to make basic-income society work?

I am a big fan of of 'post-scarcity' societies, where we could, in theory not worry about basic needs such as food and shelter anymore, and instead focus on pursuit of 'greater' things that are our ...
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Economy of the afterworld

In Chinese folklore the dead live in a society much like our own while waiting for reincarnation. One notable exception is that that the government is that of the Yama Kings. The living can send ...
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Alchemical breakthrough allows me to synth anything. Now what should I be making for sale? [closed]

After finding some old tomes in Nostradamus' tomb (the real one, not that decorative fake) about alchemy, I finally made the first modern philosopher's stone. Now I can transmute plumbum (AKA lead) ...
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What can a human offer an intelligent badger-like animal for trade?

In this question, I introduced the concept of a fantasy creature that is basically a sentient badger. I haven't yet named these things, so let's just call them badgers, with the understanding that ...
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In a truly (human) free market society, how would slavery be prevented?

In claims of true free market enterprise with an anarchist type 'government' (meaning none), how would the different forms of slavery be avoided? Granted your neighbor who watches your dog when you ...
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What would be the value of gold and jewelry in a post-apocalyptic society?

World War VI happened in year 2xxx and the government went AWOL. No federal, state, county government. Chaos and anarchy ensued, and Charles Hestion IX [1] felt his ancestor's efforts paid off. Ammo ...
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Any benefits or problems on using a national I.D chip implant rather than an I.D card in a high tech society?

In that distant future. Technology has greatly advanced to a degree where now people could augment their senses using cybernetic implants connected via the brain. [ Essentially making the use of a ...
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How would taxation for a city-state work in a D&D-like world?

In a magic-rich, Tolkien-inspired world, I am developing a system of taxation for a city-state. Centerseat is an important trade city, with many crafts being made under a guild system. Valuable ...
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Portals to Parallel Earths: Economic Effects

Portals to Parallel Earths In this setting events diverge when massive breakthroughs in physics are made. The breakthroughs effectively prove the many worlds interpretation, but more drastically they ...
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How (in brief) might a merit-based economy work?

One of the reoccurring concepts in my worldbuilding has been the existence of a caste based meritocracy. The castes being Guardians, Engineers, Scholars, Administrators, Artisans/merchants. While ...
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How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that require ...
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Is the world of a Roguelike RPG plausible?

In this context, I will define a Roguelike RPG world to be a world where a lone adventurer fights scores of monsters who drop magical weapons, armor and artifacts that the adventurer may pick up, use, ...
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The social implications of Life as currency

In my setting (which is roughly early-medieval in terms of technology), magic comes from the Life-energy of all living beings. There are several factors that affect how much of this energy each being ...
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How long could scavenging be economically feasible in the post apocalyptic world?

So, the world has come down to a crashing halt. Nukes rain down from the sky, after the Cold War finally became a Hot War. Now, humanity is left with a wasteland. After the big one, cities have been ...
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One day, China suddenly stops all exports. What happens to the world economy?

I am more curious about the immediate effects on local and global socio-economics rather than the likelihood of the rest of the world declaring war on China or were the other countries would get their ...
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How could royals walk in order to wear out shoes to prove they could afford it?

I’m looking at ways the nobility of my world could go about displaying their wealth and it occurred to me that they might intentionally adopt a way of walking that would wear out the soles of their ...
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What are possible reasons to use Cathode-Ray Displays by tech-advanced civilizations

I have a sci-fi world that is very technologically advanced (at the stage of "sub-singularity" where they have already invented AIs posing danger to humans, but not achieving singularity, so it's not ...
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How would a disabled person earn their living in a medieval-type town?

We are in a far future. Humanity has widely abandoned technology, and effectively reached medieval level (so things need not be true to an actual medieval setting). We are in a larger town. In that ...
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How to market an anarchic city as a tourism spot to people living in civilized areas?

So, in my Post-Apocalyptic world, there’s a city down in South Nevada known as Vegas. Unlike the rest of the majority of North America, Vegas was not hit by nuclear warheads in its near vicinity. But, ...
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Rings as a monetary system

Can rings be used as a monetary system? Are there any flaws? I took inspiration from Celtic ring money, rings made from different metals- the value of a ring depended on the material it was made out ...
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Is there a way to buy oil from a country under embargo?

I have a situation where a large oil field is discovered in a country ruled by a junta with abysmal human rights records. On the one hand world oil prices are very high, which puts pressure on ...
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Cause of periodic, random, forced migration?

I am looking for a (preferably economic or environmental) force/system that would every few months or years force a random sample of the middle/lower class of an area to migrate away. This would be ...
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What would merfolk economies look like?

This is a world with underwater merfolks and other humanoids. They have opposable thumbs, so they can use tools humans can use. Lets assume there's different subspecies and races of these merfolks, so ...
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Surveillance: Big Brother Is Watching

Say there was a totalitarian regime that controlled 1 billion people. The GDP is ~$50,000 per capita. This regime has nigh on total control over them, however, rebels are still considered a serious ...
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What is the currency in an emerging space economy? [closed]

With colony cities on the moon and merchant ships mining asteroids, humanity has begun to colonize the solar system. Most of these entities are self-governing and trading is a very important business ...
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Economic system to support Kessler Remediators, with maximum drama

After reading this question by Nick M (now closed) and exchanging some comments with him, I have some ideas related to the scenario. I realized that the comprehensive design covers several distinct ...
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How could an multi-world economy exist if FTL communication, but not travel, existed?

Imagine that we one day invent an ansible, capable of near-instantaneous FTL communication, but we can not transport physical matter any faster than light. Imagine also that we have gotten to the ...
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What effect would easy solar system travel have?

What would be the impact on modern civilisation be if a benevolent inventor gave the world the ability to travel around the solar system quickly and cheaply. If over the next five years this ...
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What goods would be worth trading between Earth and Mars?

Mars is a cold, inhospitable, slightly damp ball of rock that would be very difficult to do things like grow crops on. However, it's also very far away. Far enough that, presumably, it would probably ...
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How to stop economic inflation in a future whole-world kingdom?

I am the new king of Earth. All current wars have ceased, and the whole planet operates as one kingdom. We have also decided on a currency. However, in order to pay off debt/create more buildings and ...
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How to maintain the independence of an isolated school?

Suppose a school was founded in a remote mountain valley centuries ago by the first representative of a now-prominent deity. This valley has a forest with a river flowing through it; there are no ...
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Geopolitical and Economic Implications of a Large Eruption at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is the site of a large supervolcano that is somewhat due for an eruption in the geological near term. I have seen slides and discussions to the effect that large portions of ...
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Government sponsored bad luck

Scientists have made a breakthrough! They've discovered a subplane of our reality that consists of what can only be described of as the essence of luck. There's also a reasonably easy way to tap into ...
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Space colonization becoming economically recoverable

One of the big problems by manned space exploration and colonization, that it's insanely expensive. Building a colony on other celestial bodies - since it's impractical to bring back the acquired ...
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RPG adventurers - the ultimate migrant workforce?

Garm the Berserker wanders into the lonely homestead of Greenroot Farm. The mayor of the nearby Stonybrook Village directed Garm here, implying that Old Borgi would have some work for him. "Really, no ...
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Cost of colony on Mars/Moon per metric ton

One possible approach how to estimate extend of space colonization is to define costs of it and then estimate the investments the governments and organizations would be willing to pay. In an excellent ...
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How can a Scientocracy/Technocracy Convince Its Citizens to Embrace Drastic Eugenics?

In my extreme world where controversial public policies are implemented based only on hard/robustly peer-reviewed scientific studies, the people of this nation prospered and were fruitful in birth-...
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Can a kingdom be destabilised by an influx of enemy gold?

A few years ago I read a role-playing game supplement that described a cold war between kingdom Good and kingdom Bad. Both kingdoms used metal coins with silver as the most common followed by gold. ...
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Interplanetary commerce: how do you compare currencies?

Considering that interplanetary trade will likely be limited because of cost of shipping vs product value, how would interplanetary money be valued against each other? I'm thinking more along the ...