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Charlie's suggestion of switching to a silver- or fiat-based currency is a good one. Another thing you might want to do is control when the court mage's discovery becomes well known. You could offer the mage a super-luxury vacation to an exotic island where he doesn't speak the language. This could buy you two or three years. In that two or three years, you ...


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Step 1, train your mage in deception The funny thing about chronic gossipers like your mage is that people who are bad at keeping secrets tend to also be good at telling lies. Give him a cover story so that when his friends ask him what he's been up to, he has a brag worthy lie to tell in place of the truth. "I've been working on new methods of ...


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Go into debt. Preferably, debt owed to nations you hope to damage with the coming crisis. Payment of the debt is stipulated to be in gold. Your scenario is in essence the same as the runaway inflation that occurs in nations that finance expenses by printing money. The value of their money decreases. That is bad if you have savings denominated in that ...


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Trade currency, not materials If you have an insecure currency, people will want to trade precious materials. But if you have a stable currency, then people won't keep their wealth in gold. When the price of gold drops people will want to hold gold even less, strengthening your currency if it stable. The hard part of making currency isn't getting materials, ...


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You're a Temp Agency Running a subscription based model on goons is almost exactly the same logistically-speaking as hiring real humans, but without any of the normal issues like moral scruples or threatening people's families. It's an obvious step up from street thugs or mercenaries. From an accounting perspective, this just looks like paying for their ...


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It's a Feature, not a Bug Your Mooks break down over time because they need MookMeal (TM), a special food additive. You sell this as a Feature because it means that any mook that is captured for interrogation or reprogramming dies within hours, rendering your secrets safe and ensuring the loyalty of your mooks! As an added security measure, your MookMeal ...


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Different precious material economy The solution can be quite simple. Use the technique to make gold and your current gold for a massive investment in a few different precious materials, like silver and platinum. Trading should be done mostly with your enemies, who might be thinking to get a good deal. This investment is used for new coins or a shift that ...


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Are you tired from the constant droid maintenance? Were your plans thwarted because you forgot to charge your droids or the hero managed to hack or destroy the central core? Are you tired of buying new droids after every engagement? Need to redo all your accounts every time and hope you have enough money to replace them all? Are you so down on your luck ...


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In Stross’ merchant prince books, he makes a good argument regarding the weaknesses of commodity based economy altogether, let alone the destructive risk of choosing a single commodity. Service based economies are far more stable. Look at Amazon, Google, etc. - they have no commodities but trade in services. Even Tesla and Apple trade in (manufacturing) ...


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Consider that not only is gold fungible, but it seems 'wealth' is also fungible. Wealth is wealth. It is a commodity in and of itself, without having to be represented by any particular commodity. A million dollars of this 'wealth' is pretty much exchangeable for a million dollars of that 'wealth'. They are pretty much interchangeable. Consider today's ...


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A gradual transition to a mixed-commodity-backed currency, starting right now. Your loyal subjects won't be prepared for new-fangled notions, so you have to train them up to that gradually. Offer paper currency that can be redeemed (at any time) for a defined quantity of gold, or for certain other goods (possibly with some restrictions). Pay the bearer of ...


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Hire another mage that can turn straw into dust, and have them destroy all the straw in the world. Convert your kingdom over to using grains for animal feed. Have the anti-straw mage release their anti-straw herbicide as an aerosol that spreads across the world on the trade winds. Other kingdoms won't be ready for the blight. They quickly starve as animals ...


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In addition to the advice already posted to spend all your gold, I would add the following: Get the mage to make more gold for you to spend. Not only does this increase your spending power, but as time goes on people are going to start doing the sums and realise that you must have a secret source of gold somewhere. Encourage them to believe that you have a ...


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How common the skill is? Is it restricted to some highly skilled mages? Or any farmer could do it? If it is the former, your queen have nothing to fear, at least in her reign. The amount of gold will grow fast, but the mages will still want to get paid for it, so they may form an OPEC style council to prevent the overproduction of gold, and even if not, the ...


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Creativity In an order 66 related note. The reason for clones vs droids given in Star Wars is that they can think creatively. That makes them much more suitable for many differing situations, both in combat and outside. Their multi-role capabilities makes them much easier to higher than droids, at least in comparison to the ones in Star Wars. Droids in that ...


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