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How can I build an inter-dimentional transportation system between pocket realms?

The world is broken down into 5 continents: North America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, and Austrailiartica. These landmasses exist in separate dimensions called realms, and are separated from each ...
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How can I reinstitute the gold standard in the current global economy?

The gold standard is a monetary system where a country's currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The U.S.A (United States of Amestris) operated on this standard, allowing the ...
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What would America lack if cut off from World trade for years?

North and South America totally cut off from world trade for years in modern times. No intercontinental except between the two. Would there be any current technology that couldn't be made due to lack ...
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How does an empire rise, work and fall [closed]

So let’s say that an empire is rising. How does that work? How do the people form an empire? They would need to have some land, a leader, and some natural resources to trade? So now the empire has ...
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Despite slain monsters continually yielding gold coins, why does gold's trading value seem to remain constant over the years?

Set in fantasy medieval times, monsters can be seen loitering around the kingdom. People discovered that the slain carcasses of these monsters contain a certain quantity of gold coins. The rest is ...
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How to perform important transactions over vast distances?

I asked a similar question on the History Stack Exchange, but it was suggested I might get better feedback here. How can you guarantee atomicity of a transaction in a high-latency system? High-latency ...
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What would keep traders away from a specific area of the ocean?

This is a WIP map of a continent in my world: The small portion of land you can see in the topmost area is another continent, to the north of which the sea is almost always frozen and thus almost ...
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Why would an advanced civilization even want slaves?

In a world where people have advanced robotics and A.I. to the point that most people can just have a machine do things for them, is there any reason for slaves to be used also? Obviously nobody needs ...
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Most important trading resources for the US [closed]

After Bob brought the American flag from the moon into his possession and convinced the majority of the American people that it is true, President Prumptin is not very pleased of this idea. While he ...
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What kind of tradable resources would come from the ocean in a Renaissance era culture that would be different from our own society?

Ocean sourced Trade goods in a Renaissance era Earth I am in the process of writing a fantasy book that is set in a post-apocalyptic late medieval/renaissance era society. This is on Earth, about 1300-...
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How to teach the Mesoamericans seafaring?

I want to have a powerful Mesoamerican civilisation by the 1100s; one that decides to sail east and discover Europe. Earlier versions of the story had them contacted by Zheng He in the 1400s, but I ...
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Can a city develop without exterior trading?

I’m exploring different scenarios for a future D&D campaign. I want to know if it’s possible, for a growing settlement, to develop without trading with its neighbors. Let’s assume that they can ...
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“African” states alliance?

To start this off I will dispel preconceptions: Africa had great empires and was not technologically inferior to Europe before the invention of guns. They had quilted armor (the equivalent of ...
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Is a privately owned nomadic trading fleet economically viable?

A popular trope with some basis in history is the "travelling merchant", who visits remote villages carrying merchandise both common and rare, and many stories from strange lands. I've got a scenario ...
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What valuable resources or features could a city state have to keep themselves independent and a dominant local power? [closed]

Trying to build a coastal region of feudal/renaissance city states surrounded by small feudal kingdoms. Looking for resources that are valuable beyond their access to sea, its bounty and the trade ...
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Why is there a cap on magical currency despite unlimited magic power?

Set in the modern day, only a small portion of the population is aware of magic and some of them has unlocked their innate magic potential at a young age. There is a governing body that ensure fair ...
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What environmental conditions would create compounds not found on earth?

My world is spread across thousands of planets in thousands of star systems, with a sort of United Nations (of Planets) acting as intermediary to ensure peace and prosperity between the planets. Each ...
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How could pirates reasonably transport dinosaurs in captivity, some of them enormous, across oceans?

In my novel, there is money to made in the capturing and selling of 'exotic' animals from a distant, jungle-covered continent, though for various reasons (notably that it is illegal under Roman rule) ...
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BCS: Chola Empire colonizes Australia? [closed]

So, here's the premise- in the mid 11th century, a Vellalar prince, looking to gain influence and power in the Imperial Chola court, funds and organizes a small colonial expedition to search for new ...
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What if Modern Furniture was Brought to the Renaissance? [closed]

A protagonist equipped with unstable time traveling powers is shopping at their local furniture store when they realize their powers will knock them back to the Renaissance period. They only have a ...
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Introducing currency in a barter trade society

I am writing a book where I have a main character who comes to a young civilization. The young society only works through barter trade, and he wants to introduce a form of currency, such as money. ...
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Is My Historical World Domination Reasonable?

This can be considered a sister question to this question. The Beginning Outside of Ser, the world was a chaotic and dangerous place. Ser was the only neutral country in a world filled with violence ...
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Is a world with one country feeding everyone possible?

I imagine a world with the size of Europe and the Middle-East. In this world, with lands and seas that are comparable to Europe and the Middle East for its geography, farming is not developed. In fact,...
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What is the cheapest way to move large amounts of trade goods to orbit?

Given a world with similar size and atmospheric composition to Earth that has a commodity export, be it grain or oil etc, that has trade with other planets, what would be best way to orbit massive ...
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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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Trading Upstream

I've created a city at the joining point of two rivers, and I'm trying to determine the population ceiling. I'm just going for a general idea of relative size, and so far I've just been making towns ...
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Costs/Income from potential craftsmen [closed]

I run a D&D game in which my players have built an outpost and are now attempting to "staff" it with craftsmen: Blacksmiths, Farriers and the like. I want to give them a "choice&...
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Importing Space for Sale in Cans - How to remove the smell? [closed]

My company wants to sell novelty cans (or other containers) of genuine space from various places in the Galaxy but unfortunately space smells - see the following expert's statement. "Louis ...
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Could a medieval fantasy world sustain itself by occupying important trade hubs and taxing trade?

The civilization I'm talking about is marked in pink (cities A and B). The trade routes are marked in yellow. Owning the city B (the entire island) means they only need to travel across two ...
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Trading ships simulation and maybe some pirates [closed]

I don't know if this is an acceptable question (it's not even a question), but I like the site artwork and I built a world. Playing with Javascript, I came up with a sea world. Buggy test here http://...
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Would it be realistic to have a world with no currency, just trade?

In the world I’m creating, there’s no specific form of currency. People trade for goods- you could buy clothes from a merchant and in return, they could get food, valuable items, things that could be ...
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The Emperor bans the number seven on pain of death. Does this inevitably disrupt a medieval society? (trade and commerce) [closed]

The medieval Emperor is up to his tricks again. He has decided that the number seven is unlucky. Despite advice from his courtiers that it can't be done, he bans its use on penalty of death by any of ...
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In a world where money and currency were never invented, and never will, how is international trade different from our world?

This is something that I've been thinking a lot about. Before there was currency the way that people traded goods was through bartering their goods and services in exchange for other goods and ...
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How might an economy in which multiple planets are involved function?

I created the above illustration to help convey my meaning, here is what everything means so that you can read it effectively: E = Earth V = Venus M = Mars The dots in the lower left hand corner ...
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What might be the appeal of a drug that makes a person animalistic? [closed]

Out in the drug labs of Tegala, they have came up with a new drug that turns off the rational portion of the brain. It lasts for about 3 hours, and while it is active, a person under the influence of ...
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Making drugs out of human excrement?

So, in my post apocalyptic world, drugs are sold pretty much everywhere, except Midwest Empire. People have been experimenting with new ways to get wrecked and have a good time. Enter in a man named ...
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Why would an advanced civilization trade with tribals?

Question in title. In a situation like this, I could see the tribals having (unknowingly) the most to gain, but not really having anything the advanced civilization would need, and ships going back ...
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Setting up a new “Silk Road” in North America after apocalypse? [closed]

500 years after The Apocalypse decimated the world, North America is a wasteland. Backwards people reduced to using 1680s technology at best, early Bronze Age technology at worst. There are only a few ...
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What are possible trading items of an android town? [closed]

Out in the ruins of Fresno, CA, in the CyboTek factory, there is a group of 260 androids from before the war. They are all mostly household domestic androids, but a few, about 20, are manufacturer ...
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How to justify a positive headcount from one segment of the economy/society to the other in a dual setting? [closed]

edit2: I have searched around and didn't find something relevant to my question. My question is on topic; it is related to "*Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and ...
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How could authoritarian government stop diplomatic missions from spreading democracy?

I have an authoritarian government that's on the talking terms with the west. That means they want the money (trade/investment) but not the advice. So it grants visa only to foreign businessman and ...
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What Competition Could Feasibly Exist on a Trade-Focused Island Chain? [closed]

I'm designing a city in a fantasy setting that is built on a fairly tight island chain of seven islands. This island chain is located at a crossroads of several major powers, and they produce very ...
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Trading goods with harpies

The human country lies on a mountain plateau. On one side, the plateau stops at the top of a cliff, after which there are a collection of stacks and a group of tabletop mountains, none of them ...
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Backup trade economy for digital economy during a blackout

A small country uses a digital economy, meaning there is no cash used in daily transactions. All transactions are stored on a government's central database. An EMP attack/blackout manages to take ...
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The Gnome city: World Economics [closed]

So I have a race of Gnomes, (think smaller, less hairy dwarfs) that live inside a hollow mountain in the center of a desert on my fictional planet. This planet has civilization but it is mostly ...
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A world without Democratic process [closed]

What would happen if the world never took up the democratic process? Like if in a modern world America still has 50 states but each state is independently governed by a monarch. What kind of effect ...
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What goods would be traded on long distances in post-apocalyptic world? [closed]

Other question concentrate on most valuable goods but most of good listed would involve local trade - for example alcohol can be easily produced with modern knowledge anywhere (see Prohibition in the ...
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Is it possible to control trade?

In my Medieval world there are two vast continents. The first of them is similar to Eurasia spreading from East to West, and the second is like Africa but not so arid. The shape of the Southern ...
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International trade in an alternate history where humans all stayed in Africa [closed]

I'm brainstorming an alternate history where the entire human species (Homo sapiens) somehow stays within Africa instead of dispersing elsewhere. Europe and the Middle East would thus remain the ...
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Would a 'silk road' type caravan butcher and prepare livestock en route?

My world geographically separates agrarian from urban centers. A large caravan (hundreds of different 'farmers') travels to the cities every harvest, to sell their goods. The caravan is over a month ...