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23rd May '17 6:11:50 PM Saber15
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* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' takes the trope UpToEleven in that the economy doesn't work InUniverse either ([[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard without cheating a bit, that is]]). Special mention goes to the Terrans in ''X3: Terran Conflict'', who are guaranteed to essentially go bankrupt without a player-owned trade network propping them up. Sadly, the implications of a superpower being economically controlled by an NGOSuperpower MegaCorp owned by the player are beyond the scope of the game.

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* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' takes the trope UpToEleven in that the economy doesn't work InUniverse either ([[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard without cheating a bit, that is]]).is]]); no actual 'money' changes hands with NPC traders, and NPC solar power plants [[NotPlayingFairWithResources require no resources]] to make energy cells unlike player owned ones. Special mention goes to the Terrans in ''X3: Terran Conflict'', who are guaranteed to essentially go bankrupt without a player-owned trade network propping them up. Sadly, the implications of a superpower being economically controlled by an NGOSuperpower MegaCorp owned by the player are beyond the scope of the game.
** The economy is even more comically broken in the ''Albion Prelude'' ExpansionPack, which adds a stock market (which has absolutely no bearing on actual commodity trading). Companies cannot go bankrupt, so investing in garbage-rated company is a 100% sound investment with ''guaranteed'' profit at some point, it's just a matter of waiting. You can stuff a MileLongShip full of rare goods, causing the "supply" of a commodity to skyrocket with a corresponding plummet in stock prices. Buy a few thousand stocks, then move the ship out of the stock market jurisdiction and watch the stock prices go through the roof because there is no longer a "supply" of the commodity.
20th Apr '17 1:54:51 AM Alceister
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** It is more about providing bribes (which are "insignificant" by civilization standards) to promote certain industries.

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** It One way of looking at it is more about providing bribes (which that incentives are "insignificant" provided -- in a manner insignificant by civilization standards) gameplay standards -- to promote certain industries.
20th Apr '17 1:18:11 AM Alceister
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** This was also implied for much of humanity during the Dark Age of Technology, which coincided with the latter years of Eldar supremacy. Using Standard Template Constructs, it was possible to build almost anything from local materials, from basic farming equipment and habitats, to highly sophisticated feats of engineering like tapping magma for industry and power generation. This also included sophisticated artificial intelligences, which turned out to be [[AIIsACrapshoot too intelligent]] and [[RobotWar rebelled]].

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** This was also implied for much of humanity during the Dark Age of Technology, which coincided with the latter years of Eldar supremacy. Using Standard Template Constructs, it was possible to build almost anything from local materials, from basic farming equipment and habitats, to highly sophisticated feats of engineering like tapping magma for industry and power generation. This also included sophisticated artificial intelligences, which turned out to be [[AIIsACrapshoot too intelligent]] and but flawed artificial intelligences]], which later [[RobotWar rebelled]].
19th Apr '17 11:40:15 PM Alceister
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** This was also implied for much of humanity during the Dark Age of Technology, which coincided with the latter years of Eldar supremacy. Using Standard Template Constructs, it was possible to build almost anything from local materials, from basic farming equipment and habitats, to highly sophisticated feats of engineering like tapping magma for industrial and power generation. This also included sophisticated artificial intelligences, which turned out to be [[AIIsACrapshoot too intelligent]] and [[RobotWar rebelled]].

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** This was also implied for much of humanity during the Dark Age of Technology, which coincided with the latter years of Eldar supremacy. Using Standard Template Constructs, it was possible to build almost anything from local materials, from basic farming equipment and habitats, to highly sophisticated feats of engineering like tapping magma for industrial industry and power generation. This also included sophisticated artificial intelligences, which turned out to be [[AIIsACrapshoot too intelligent]] and [[RobotWar rebelled]].
18th Apr '17 3:44:40 AM Alceister
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** This was also implied for much of humanity during the Dark Age of Technology, which coincided with the latter years of Eldar supremacy. Using Standard Template Constructs, it was possible to build almost anything from local materials, from basic farming equipment and habitats, to highly sophisticated feats of engineering like tapping magma for industrial and power generation. This also included sophisticated artificial intelligences, which turned out to be [[AIIsACrapshoot too intelligent]] and [[RobotWar rebelled]].
14th Apr '17 11:40:32 AM ngh93
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--> Underpants Gnome: Phase 1: Collect underpants, Phase 2:... , Phase 3: Profit

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--> Underpants Gnome: '''Underpants Gnome''': Phase 1: Collect underpants, Phase 2:... , Phase 3: Profit
9th Apr '17 7:45:09 PM trixus
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* Subverted in a ''ComicBook/{{Spirou}}'' comic,the BigBad fires one of his best agent after his HeelFaceTurn which scare stockholders into selling their stocks and his competitor end up buying his whole company which is an improbable domino effect. Actually the competitor has been waiting for any spark of doubt such as this and influenced the market accordingly to make it look like the BigBad was going under. It's still done in a day.

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* Subverted in a ''ComicBook/{{Spirou}}'' comic,the BigBad fires one of his best agent after his HeelFaceTurn which scare stockholders into selling their stocks and his competitor end up buying his whole company which is in an improbable domino effect. Actually The truth is that the competitor has been waiting for any spark of doubt such as this and influenced the market accordingly to make it look like the BigBad was going under. under for years. It's still done in a day.day though which is too fast.
31st Mar '17 3:03:31 PM nombretomado
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* People who live in the civilized empires of ''OrionsArm'' can easily go their entire lives without ever having to work, Archailects can provide anything they need and much of what they want for free. The most common professions are those concerned with raising the next generation, either through parenting or by altering non-sentient species so that they become intelligent enough to join galactic society.

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* People who live in the civilized empires of ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' can easily go their entire lives without ever having to work, Archailects can provide anything they need and much of what they want for free. The most common professions are those concerned with raising the next generation, either through parenting or by altering non-sentient species so that they become intelligent enough to join galactic society.
29th Mar '17 9:16:06 PM HotelCalifornia
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* Interestingly, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' seems to play this straight at first, but subverts it later on. While the Demon Empire still uses inefficient slavery rather than mechanical labor (which the Demons are more than capable of), the background materials indicate that the Demons are beginning to slowly phase slavery out of their culture in favor of mechanical labor anyway, knowing that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything simply freeing all of them at once would cause a severe economic disruption and anger the traditionalist Demons in the government]]. This also probably explains why there are so many ways for slaves to gain their freedom - the Demons want to encourage free labor. That's all before getting into the logistical nightmare of ''running an empire that's the size of half the universe'' though. WordOfGod actually lampshades that the Demon economic system isn't exactly the most efficient one. Apparently, the Demon Empire exists in the canon ''SonicX'' universe too. [[FridgeLogic The reason it didn't appear and get involved in the Metarex War]]? [[DystopiaIsHard The Demons suffered a financial collapse and entered an economic depression]].
23rd Mar '17 7:32:38 AM sarysa
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An increasing amount of artistic license is also used with the inner workings of corporations, with impossible amounts of money being generated or siphoned by accounting tricks or embezzlement, minority shareholders ousting the majority (especially in {{Superhero}} fiction), dictatorial CEOs of public companies who never answer to the board, and so on.

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An increasing amount of artistic license is also used with the inner workings of corporations, with impossible amounts of money being generated or siphoned by accounting tricks or embezzlement, minority shareholders ousting the majority (especially in {{Superhero}} fiction), dictatorial CEOs [=CEOs=] of public companies who never answer to the board, and so on.
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