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China has not only already won the space race, they have completely obliterated America as a competitor. By 2045, America will be a non-starter. NASA will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of some Chinese conglomerate (since the Americans refuse to fund it adequately), and the Chinese flag will be flying over every space initiative, right along side of the UN ...


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If China is racing to colonize Mars, the US should then race to do something grander and better right? The Chinese, if they pour their entire workforce into the Mars project, will have little left over for other topics. Either they will be taken by that project for a long, long time or they completely exhaust themselves in a single project with little left ...


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There are a number of false premises here - there is exactly zero chance that China could set up colonies on the far side of the moon without other countries' space surveillance noticing it. NASA already tracks everything in orbit bigger than a marble, because that information is crucially important to continued launches. They would not miss the kind of ...


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To me, the shortest way to introduce money is to create a common, valuable resource that everyone accepts as a common 'go-to' item. This valuable resource can slowly become the common currency of the barter society & become the new 'money'. The Aztecs developed a currency alongside bartering in the form of cocoa beans. Cocoa beans didn't automatically ...


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All that worked well enough when slavery was the case. Fortunately, due to your wealth, longevity, and insight, you started acquiring connections worldwide to use prisoners. Cambodia was pure gold for you. Turkish prisons were a steady standby and provided a consistent stream. Saddam was good for 30 years but, you know, things change and the incoming regime ...


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So 1800's... trying to catch up to a 20th century business model. These days it is time to go with synthetic voodoo products. Start at the digital an molecular level and instead of dealing with creatures that have feelings and emotions and all that messy stuff, get a few PCR machines some stainless steel vats and couple of un-employed recent bio-mages phds ...


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Import Just like Walmart buys from China, bring the product in from overseas. Plenty of places where you could set up shop that people just go missing and nobody cares. Bring the items into the country as the finished product ready for sale. Customs are looking for drugs and illegal products. Handmade leather wallets would get pass all inspections. Body ...


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Marketing research, Venture Capital, and aggressive lobbying 1. Marketing research You're assuming that there's a large market just waiting for you to take control. You need to think carefully about how big the market really is. You want to become the "one-stop shop for magical items or services for rich clientele." How many rich people are looking ...


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Walmart of the black market, a one-stop shop for magical items or services for rich clientele Walmart is not known for its rich clientele. It's known for offering extremely cheap goods in a basic, no-frills store staffed by low-wage wage workers, and long check-out lines. Being Wal-Mart is theoretically easy. Only deal with large suppliers and in large ...


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The Nazis during WWII had to find a way to industrialize human extermination to fulfill their sick dream of racial purity via the concentration camps. Their approach can be the baseline for your streamlined process. Add maybe something taken from the modern slaughtering industry to reduce the human intervention in the entire process.


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It would have incredibly detrimental effect on trade by a strict reading of the laws Let's take a look at the rules, shall we? Also, people are forced to use coins instead of barter to trade in most cases. That is, it is illegal to go into a town and barter grain for meat or whatever. People have to use coins everywhere except between family members or very ...


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It will happen when Alibaba starts shipping to the Martian colony. First, the assumption seems to be that it will be American centric projects that get to Mars first. I sincerely doubt this. It is going to take a sustained concentrated focused effort on the part of some efficiently centralized agency to accomplish the task, and currently the only country ...


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People would be using currency from day 1, as they will still be downloading movies, music etc from the same providers as ever. People will still be earning salaries, paying taxes and living much as before. Going to Mars is not fundamentally different to going to Antarctica in this respect. As for buying land - I don't think so! Ownership of extra-...


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The economy start immediately, form gradually, and without you even knowing it. We carry our value systems with us, and also our innate desire to trade, with or without currency. In fact, one could argue that all human interaction is an exchange of some sort. It will start first with human and labor capital - as there wouldn't be any physical resources to ...


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Top of the Pyramid - Hunting & Gathering Collecting data on Mars is why we have invested so much, so far. Gatherers collecting samples, prospecting for natural resources, and observing the unusual are collecting the kinds of wealth that people on Earth will pay for. These eager Earthers will pay to ship high-price analysis equipment to Mars. Earth will ...


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There are a few requirements which I think have to be fullfilled before private transactions can occur: Choice As long as transfer of goods to the mars station is just given by the same institution which governs the station and deployment there is rather short, there will not be much transaction. possible some extra gadgeds or snacks in the cantina as you ...


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"Mafia Mince ! Get your fresh mafia mince here !" how would the citadel decrease the rate and development of Mafia selling human meat Want to be able to slaughter humans and let them be eaten, but don't want to annoy everyone ? Only criminals can be killed (and that includes tax evaders, lawyers and mime artists in my book) and not only will that ...


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Treat it the same as any other prohibited racist act. /Racism in the citadel is real, just as real as speciesm. But the citizens respect each other in fear of the law / In a society of vegetarians where /we don't have animal farms because of sanitary reason/, wanting to eat humans is just another manifestation of racism. You note that /new generations ...


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The Issue with Post-Scarcity here is population growth This isn't as much of a danger for modern post-scarcity societies, as birth rates are far lower in modern societies (as in, people have control over how many children they have). In medieval times, birth rates were completely uncontrolled; due to high infant mortality, starvation and other issues, this ...


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Permaculture and the Periodic Apocalypse For "Post Scarcity" you need food production to basically take care of itself. In the Medieval world the vast majority of people were involved in farming. So cover your alien planet with fruit and nut trees that provide limited value to the local fauna, but that are just perfect for people. Basically, money DOES ...


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In the long term probably no, evolution would find something that can compete with humans for resources (weeds). However if the colonisation could have happened much more recently, say 500 years ago you could steal a planet from the book starship troopers. In the book they have found this world that has not harbored life on land that long. All that grow ...


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To keep them from moving out of the Medieval era, you need something that prevents rising returns to human capital as people branch out into industrious pursuits. To make that society post-scarcity, you need something that brings about a lot of stability for basic resources like food. One good starting place to think about this might be The Potato's ...


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Firstly I suggest that an alien planet capable of supporting human life would in all likelihood also be home to an alien biosphere from an alien biogenesis with completely different biochemistry. Any such life would be very well adapted to the environment on that planet (unlike incoming Earth based life forms). It would also be difficult to eradicate, at the ...


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Living in basic sustenance & comfort means access to : Food & water Cloth Shelter All those things, even with today technology, need work, lots of it. And in towns, it's even worse : the water sources, the fields, the animals, the timber and the stones are further away than for a peasant. You need something that provide for all those things. For ...


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These people have technology on par with the medieval world. Medieval technology could ensure food as long as there was no obstacle. The first frost, hail or drought out of season would mean famine, and that was the case until very recent times, if not even until today in part of the world. I dare to say that medieval technology is the embodiment of ...


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