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How would crowdfunding work in a medieval fantasy setting?

For context of the setting, numerous fairly large cities serve as the seats of regional feudal governments in a stable, prosperous kingdom. There are a lot of commerce in the cities, and merchants ...
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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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Creating a world economically and socially similar to modern Earth [closed]

I want to build a fantasy world with 21st century cultural, economical and sociological levels. Sociologically and economically speaking, what were the requirements for our world to become what it is ...
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What could lead a very poor country to arise as an economic powerhouse? [closed]

We know that a bunch of factors are linked to the economic status of a country, such as its natural resources, latitude related characteristics, connectivity with other countries, cultural issues, ...
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What are the logistic implications of using bottle caps as currency?

In a post-apocalyptic nuclear world, it has been decided to use bottle caps as barter and barter in the region. Since these are common but not so much, they are difficult to duplicate correctly and ...
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How many people could disappear and leave a functioning society [closed]

This isn't strictly related to a writing project, but I have been lurking for a while and have been amazed by the different questions that the people here are able to answer. If there was a major ...
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Resources that a new space colony cannot produce on its own [closed]

Setting: Sci-Fi Roleplaying Game Location: A large colony on the Fronteirs, far from any hub, but the size of modern city. I am writing a mission where my players are going to a relatively new ...
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Real world datasets on medieval/early-modern military strength of cities/territories? [closed]

There's a lot of high quality discussion here on determining historically realistic values for military/population/economic/etc parameters for cities-countries-etc. I'm wondering if anyone is aware ...
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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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A gold coin for an orc's ear: just how tough is an orc?

Suppose a generic medieval fantasy setting, where a well-to-do lord desires to keep the orc- and condottiero population down during times of peace, so as to prolong said times of peace. Therefore, he/...
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With some exceptions, what makes the most powerful mage on the planet, not kill a merchant and steal his goods? [closed]

So I am the most powerful mage on the planet. A merchant offers me an artifact that is too expensive for me to buy. With some exceptions, what makes me, the most powerful mage on the planet, not just ...
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Would a planet-sized computer like a Jupiter Brain or a Matrioksha brain be more expensive to build than the Death Star?

If a Galaxy-wide Civilization like Star Wars were to build a Jupiter brain or Matrioksha brain, would it probably cost more to build then the Death Star? In Star Wars the Darth Star was over a ...
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Is there an order to jobs as the population of a village/town increases? Inspired by but not specifically medieval

I want to understand how the increase in population translates to order of the creation of different jobs. A very small village probably has a blacksmith, but probably does not have a jewel vendor. ...
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Routine monster attacks and city economy [closed]

So puffing up a city settled/founded in the early 1900s (pre-WW1) that has a mixed income of oil and steel production. Fast foward to thriving but adapted economy for the 2010s and monster attacks ...
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Would universal basic income work for a Galaxy-wide civilization like Star Wars? [closed]

Could an entire galaxy spanning government be able to maintain an universal basic income?
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Can porcelain be “reforged”?

With metals you can take something you don't like, melt it down and use the metal for something else. My question is, can the same be done with porcelain? In my fantasy world, metals like gold, ...
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How does one typically gain influence and power in a modern city? [closed]

Let's say there is a business man who owns a company (also a CEO) and moves to a wealthy municipality. He wants to be the mayor or at least the de facto undisputed ruler of the area. How would he go ...
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What would be the main import and export of an advanced medieval jungle society?

The title society is in a remote mountainous jungle region, with lots of caves, underground lakes, and even an inactive volcano. It is very similar to the jungles of southeast Asia. The people who ...
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Would a Currency Backed by joules work?

In my world I have a large group of people (like a city-state/states) that have their economy based on joules (as in energy). the setting on Mars, 50 years after society collapsed and the major ...
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How would a person work his way to being a Kingpin of a city or country? [closed]

I am making a fantasy story where a guy who starts from the bottom eventually becomes top-dog of the entire area through his own efforts. Let's say a charming and highly intelligent modern person (a ...
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Are there any real reasons for interstellar conquest?

Let me preface this by saying I've already finished the piece this question is about but I'm wondering if I missed something in my logic so I want to see if there's something you see that I didn't. ...
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Deriving price from a framework of production in a medieval economy (ie “Can I have a 1,500 gold meat pie, please!”)

It bothers me in games when the price of something is seemingly arbitrarily set. Shop owner: How much gold do you have? Player: Er, 10,000? Shop owner: Then that meat pie is 1,500 gold, ...
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Is it possibe to manage a simple living in a high-tech world?

A world that looks like ours up to the renaissance period, did not create the industrial revolution as we know it. First of all, the inhabitants of this world did not adopt consumerism and chose a ...
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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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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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Does a culture focused on gaining material wealth expand, contract or ignore where its currency is circulated?

I'm putting together a setting for a RPG campaign. The feel I am going for is Age of Englightment / Pirates of the Carribean (so, roughly 1730 technology level) but in an alternate world where humans ...
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After an apocalyptic event in our world, would a new currency replace our current paper notes? [closed]

I am working on a world based on our Earth that has gone through an apocalypse. Almost all buildings would be in absolute ruin so banks would be gone. I feel like it would make sense that a new ...
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What kind of a tax system would encourage well-off to have many children?

This question is inspired by the Would high fertility rate among the rich crowd out commoners? . The tax rate presented doesn't seem to encourage the desired behavior. The starting assumptions are: ...
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Would high fertility rate among the rich crowd out commoners?

I'm creating a developed country where due to tax reasons affluent have more children then the lower classes. The marginal tax rate is very high 80% and there are no legal loopholes to avoid paying ...
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What would a life be like if humans had to keep moving around a constant path, at a constant rate around the planet? [duplicate]

I have an idea for my world, which involves a population of 200K to 500K people moving around the world all the time, in order to escape a climatic/geographical condition that chases them. There is a ...
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On the effects of a country near-completely isolating itself due to neutrality [closed]

Let's say a fictional world is almost evenly split between Revolutionaries and Royalists. The continent on which all this takes place is essentially split in half (North and South). Inconveniently for ...
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Can humanity peacefully coexist with this type of ghosts? [closed]

Imagine the modern society, except all dead people spawned ghosts upon death. The ghost of the dead inherits memory and personality of its past living self, appear as translucent wraiths that can ...
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Reasons for leaving rich country? [closed]

Could there be any plausible reasons why citizens of a rich developed country would want to emigrate? I need reasons strong enough that country would constantly suffer from large emigration.
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On a world with differently sized humans, how do I keep wages fair?

Imagine that due to an excess amount of handwavium, my world has humans ranging from only a couple of inches, to around 20 feet. Society has evolved to include people of all sizes into the workforce ...
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How would an isolated village in low magic setting develop an economy beyond bartering?

I'm working on a setting where a settlement was established by about 350 people. These were from a medieval civilization, but have been cut off due to various reasons and had settled on the coast of a ...
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No Taxes Government [closed]

Would it be possible if a government were to run on selling services to the people (like a business) and not have any sort of tax as an income? For example, you could actually buy your own healthcare ...
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How to do Socialism/Redistribution of wealth in a dystopic cyberpunk city? [closed]

I'm not to well deep in socialism, so I don't know exact details on how it works. But I do know that it involves the redistribution of wealth, heavily taxing corporations and redistributing it to all ...
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What are the main dangers to a new hacker crew? [closed]

Stacey Sparks is a computer whiz turned anarchist, and has recruited five of her best tech-head friends for her new hacker crew, "Zap Candy". She plans to conduct some unambiguously illegal business "...
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Economic super power with little political clout?

Is it possible for a country to be economic & technological super power but to have relatively little political clout? If its possible under what circumstances it could happen?
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How to make rich have more children? [closed]

My country has a problem with concentration of wealth, rich people have few children and they tend to intermarry with other wealthy people. The wealth concentrates in less and less hands and soon we ...
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Which minerals are needed to make a sustainable medieval country?

Which minerals (iron, coal, copper, etc.) are needed in the same country to make it sustainable (medieval age)? For example: A country is made in the middle of a gigantic island (like a little ...
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Destruction of a capital world

So for a story I'm doing, I have a war in which the deciding battle destroyed Earth, which is the capital of the "Terran Republic." Subsequently, they are forced into unconditional surrender, handing ...
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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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Economic systems for micronations in space

What are possible economic systems for use within a space-based industrial settlement? The different approaches are to be weighed by the competitve advantages they offer to their respective ...
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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 are the priorities to colonize a new piece of land?

Fantasy setting, Lord of the Rings style, homebrewed into a D&D campaign. Magic exists, although strong casters are fairly rare. Our group are strongly built males only, recently saved from ...
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What would be the effects of a system where children of uneducated parents won't be allowed to study? [closed]

In my educational system, there is one simple rule: you can't attain an education level higher than that of your parents. If they have A levels, you get A levels. If they have a high school diploma, ...
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Is it feasible to have a job where people work at a power plant pulling ropes to generate electricity? [closed]

Seeing the advances of things like GravityLight, is it possible to have a power plant where people work pulling ropes for oversized verisons of GravityLight to generate 120v mains electricity? I ...
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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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Creating a living currency

I'd like to implement a currency that is "alive". Picture a small, rat-sized animal that is: only found in a small geographic region, making it reasonably scarce. lethargic, or in hibernation most ...