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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

Huge and far reaching impacts First, it stands to reason that pretty much everyone will have one of these (except for children too young for speaking). Trying to keep it restricted to a small group ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

The rocks are everything from self contained secure messaging (only say this to Bob) to account handlers, assuming their memories are good enough, From security cameras, to secret recording devices. ...
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What if a wizard mass produces gold and silver to crash the market?

There would be an upset, but only briefly Here are the immediate effects... Gold mining becomes worthless. However... gold mining is rarely the only extractable resource from a mine, so while they ...
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What if a wizard mass produces gold and silver to crash the market?

After a brief struggle, the economy would skyrocket. We would be able to coat just about everything in gold or silver, which means: we can make all the steel stuff completely rust-proof, from cars to ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

The broad impact: Firstly i should tell you that this isn't at level of the printing press. But it will still bring some not completely inconsequential changes to your world's economy. Distribution of ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

You made murder more beneficial The first thing that instantly comes to my mind is a way to trade rocks by killing the owner and delivering untouched rock to the client. There could be royal aspect to ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

Spy They could be used as a literal fly-on-the wall to spy on your friends, and possibly enemies. Simply tell the rock to remember everything it hears, and then hid it somewhere in the room you want ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

My gut feeling is that the rocks would have massive social implications, though it requires a lot of imagination to figure out what all those implications might be. The social effects will lead to ...
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What if a wizard mass produces gold and silver to crash the market?

Something will replace silver and gold Silver and gold are valuable partly because they are scarce (gold is also valuable because it has useful applications, I don't know much about silver). So once ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

Not very much, and a lot. This is difficult to answer because it depends so much on the character of the rocks: their imagination and initiative, and how adept they are at persuading their owners to ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

One economic impact is reliable transfer of generational and institutional information. Think of master craftsman and artisans passing their rocks to inheritors or favourite apprentices. These rocks ...
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How would a galactic scale industry affect local industry or global industry?

Assuming relatively easy communications and transport: Not much different from the competition between local, national, and international business today. If barriers to trade and transport are low, ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

Scientific and Literary Advances So it seems like what your rocks can do, is think (with an intelligence of its owner) and speak. Being small pieces of stone, they cannot do any physical labour, or ...
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What if a wizard mass produces gold and silver to crash the market?

The rich would have real gold and the poor would have fake gold. Since he is just magically making gold you can probably tell which gold is which by examining radioisotopes and purity. They would send ...
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How would the existence of sapient "Pet Rocks" affect the economy of a medieval kingdom?

While the lack of technological and economic development would retard a lot of change, there would still be a lot. People would compete to have their rock be the best at a particular skill such as a ...
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