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AI replacing white-collar workers at an awesome speed, until the only people with an income are investors, a few designers, civil service, and those manual workers whose wages are too low to replace them with robots. This could come faster than robots replacing assembly-line workers, because data centers can flick from streaming movies to doing tax returns ...


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If you monopolize any crucial industry in a medieval era, the king will send his nobles and army, and they will catch you and chop your head off. Particularly food. (And indeed, food is impractical because it's not cost-effective to ship it; the beasts of burden for anywhere not reachable by water eat more than they can carry very quickly. Locally grown ...


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Add conspiracy theories and an incompetent leader (I dont mean this as a political statement. I promise, it's just real life is a good source of inspiration sometimes and the news is the best show on TV atm) Add a leader who is corrupt and or incompetent. All those problems in your question have had analogies that occured in recent history to some extent and ...


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First time answering a question so I hope I’m doing everything correctly. So a couple of companies that would be useful are: 1 a large chain of crematoriums. In case URAED needs to dispose of some bodies. 2 some sort of well staffed medical facility/facilities would come in handy for treating injured operatives without pesky questions 3 a PMC would be useful ...


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You got plenty of real. Add some fictional. From OP: The conditions of the Great Collapse lead many, in 2020, to partake in "Breaching" the alternate reality of the Underground, an alternate world parallel to Earth that is highly hostile to humans but full of valuable items and materials that are worth a lot on Earth. I was wondering what I can ...


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Barter of physical goods and verbal agreements as debts of honor. First to clarify the system I am a about describe would/might work in a village with a population of a few hundred people or less. (Like the 500 stipulated in this question.) It would not work in any society larger than a village because the number of daily 'trades' to be kept track of would ...


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The protagonist has unlimited gold but needs to parlay it into financial capital, social capital, and political capital in order to effect change at the national level. It might be useful to think of tactics as being split into the carrot and the stick. The carrot (a.k.a. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_power) involves encouraging others to have the same ...


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Replace various wealthy decisionmakers, and then start a coordinated trading scheme which destroys wealth, and lures others along. If X is selling Y, he probably has a good reason. Let's do it, too. Buy a few companies with a critical niche in the global supply chain, and then create artificial shortages. Introduce selected bits of alien technology to the ...


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