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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" and let them ...
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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 ...
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How would forex works between medieval humans and the forest elves?

Forest elves (being a subgroup of elf species) spend most of their lives in the woods, where they welcome human visitors and don't hesitate to prosecute anyone violating the peace there. They ...
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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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What food would be 3D printed to solve hunger?

In my world, humanity has made the ultimate invention: A machine that takes raw elements and converts them into anything one desires, like a universal 3D printer. The only thing it needs is a supply ...
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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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Under these conditions, how would interstellar trade in large-scale systems compare against local manufacturing?

Here I asked about interstellar trade in raw materials, possible under the right conditions if necessary but not hugely useful. One of the obvious spin-offs of this was discussion of trade in ...
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Can industry work on a poor import schedule?

I've been working for some time on a universe in which there is limited FTL consisting of short (up to five light years at a time) jumps between points in space. The jumps take no time at all for ...
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Forbidden gunpowder's trade [closed]

I'm writing a story in medieval era where gunpowder is newly discovered. The formula is held by a secret group of people who call themselves magicians and don't want to share the ingredients, so the ...
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How might a game have made its way from China or India to the Mediterranean in the ancient world?

This is in regards to "The Secret History of [M]", a reputedly ancient game with a disputed origin, and am thus looking especially for references involving m words. Q: How might a game have made it's ...
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What are some realistic trade goods in a sci-fi setting? [closed]

Given a science fiction world with some level of realism, including 3d-print-anything/replicator devices, but also some physics-breaking technology like warp drives (like Star Trek), what would be ...
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How would purely underground settlements find and trade with each other?

The world's been hit with an apocalyptic event, and humans are forced underground for survival inside large bunkers suited to house a couple thousand people. The bunkers are well supplied with modern ...
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Stock Exchanges with only 6 price changes a day?

I am trying to write a world economy system for a utopia. Can a worldwide stock exchange with only 6 price changes every day work? i.e. people can only sell or buy n-stocks every 6 hours, compared ...
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How to use sound to replace signage

Background In an environment with little visibility/short line of sight, in a roughly medieval setting, people who wish to represent their business and guilds etc., choose do so using sounds/music. ...
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Best Northern Australia location for a colony in 1700

So I'm doing a story where the time traveling MC decides to make a go for Australia in 1700 before any other powers start giving it some attention. What I'm debating on is where is the best location ...
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How can I have a caravan without camels?

The world I am creating has flora and fauna based vaguely on that of Gondwana. As a result, there are no dogs, horses, or cows, and no domesticated animals of any sort. Having drawn my map and started ...
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What would be the best unit system in a medieval heroic fantasy world?

I was recently reading an medieval heroic fantasy book and I was disturbed by the usage of the metric system. Distances, heights were expressed in meters and it reminded me advanced civilization and ...
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Trading under embargo

I have a story set in a country which is rich with natural resources and officially under embargo due to poor human rights records. However several industrial countries are turning the blind eye on ...