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28th Apr '16 11:14:40 PM AtmosBlitzer
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** More generally, some have tried to argue that Scrooge was a living danger to world economic since he's getting richer everyday while he doesn't send back much money in the outside world (given how stingy he is), so in a very small time he would possess all the money in the world which would then become worthless since it would be concentrated into one person. The writers, however, managed to avoid this issue in three ways. First, it has been long-established that Scrooge ''doesn't care'' if his money is worthless, since he never spends any (what he enjoys with having money is contemplating the coins and swimming in them). And second, it is also established that there are at least two other characters who do as much money as Scrooge at approximately the same rate: Flintheart Glomgold and John D. Rockerduck. Then, even if most of the world's money is probably concentrated in the three duck's pockets, they hate each other so much that none of the three would accept to leave money to the two others, keeping economics to be ruled by one undisputed leader (technically, Scrooge's the richest of the three, but only because he owns a few more inches of old string, so it counts for the Guiness World Records but doesn't matter at the Stock Exchange). And, last, Scrooge once was placed in a situation where winning in one day three times his current fortune would cause the death of the city of Duckburg. Scrooge, being kind-hearted under his tough exteriors, burnt the document who allowed him to ask the city this amount of money.

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** More generally, some have tried to argue that Scrooge was a living danger to world economic economics since he's getting richer everyday while he doesn't send back much money in the outside world (given how stingy he is), so in a very small time he would possess all the money in the world which would then become worthless since it would be concentrated into one person. The writers, however, managed to avoid this issue in three ways. First, it has been long-established that Scrooge ''doesn't care'' if his money is worthless, since he never spends any (what he enjoys with having money is [[MoneyFetish contemplating the coins and swimming in them).them]]). And second, it is also established that there are at least two other characters who do as much money as Scrooge at approximately the same rate: Flintheart Glomgold and John D. Rockerduck. Then, even if most of the world's money is probably concentrated in the three duck's pockets, they hate each other so much that none of the three would accept to leave money to the two others, keeping economics to be ruled by one undisputed leader (technically, Scrooge's the richest of the three, but only because he owns a few more inches of old string, so it counts for the Guiness World Records but doesn't matter at the Stock Exchange). And, last, Scrooge once was placed in a situation where winning in one day three times his current fortune would cause the death of the city of Duckburg. Scrooge, being kind-hearted under his tough exteriors, burnt the document who allowed him to ask the city this amount of money.
16th Apr '16 11:31:45 AM CheeseDogX
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** The game hangs a {{Lampshade}} on this (and/or on real world economics) when you go to buy the ticket to Sender Station. The electronic ticket counter updates the value (based on supply and demand across the whole known Galaxy) in real time. This change occurs so quickly that the price when you start to click on the icon will have changed by the time you've finished clicking on it.

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** The game hangs a {{Lampshade}} on this (and/or on real world economics) when you go to buy the ticket to Sender Station. The electronic ticket counter updates the value (based on supply and demand across the whole known Galaxy) in real time. This change occurs so quickly that the price when you start to click on the icon will have changed more than once by the time you've finished clicking on it.
16th Apr '16 11:30:58 AM CheeseDogX
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** The game hangs a {{Lampshade}} on this (and/or on real world economics) when you go to buy the ticket to Sender Station. The electronic ticket counter updates the value (based on supply and demand across the whole known Galaxy) in real time. This change occurs so quickly that the price when you start to click on the icon will have changed by the time you've finished clicking on it.
16th Apr '16 10:44:29 AM CheeseDogX
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*** One episode shows Capt. Sisko in the alley behind the restaurant shucking clams. This would imply that they're real clams (or else why didn't his dad replicate clams that were already shucked?), which raises even more questions. While it's possible that Sisko's father prefers real clams to replicated ones, who did he get the clams from, and how was that person compensated for their efforts?
13th Apr '16 1:16:16 AM slain
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** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2009/07/21/on-mixed-economies/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' perfectly demonstrates just how insane the dwarven economy is.

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** [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2009/07/21/on-mixed-economies/ [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-mixed-economies This strip]] from ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' perfectly demonstrates just how insane the dwarven economy is.
30th Mar '16 4:14:11 AM Shiakou
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**To the fanfic's credit, it's mentioned that the twenty-year-and-still going war is causing resources to be drained faster, resulting in an economic shift back towards a capitalist model. Professions which used to be performed for free pre-war are beginning to ask for donations, and students are re-thinking their career choices when they could previously chase whatever dream they wanted regardless of productivity. This is understandably troubling for many Earthborn who are unused to the idea of scarcity, especially for the basics.
29th Mar '16 10:02:00 PM ObsidianFire
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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, [[GenreSavvy 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]].

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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, [[GenreSavvy knowing]] 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]].
29th Mar '16 9:18:59 PM Bissek
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* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series demonstrates a key flaw of the Raubwirtschaft (Plunder based economy) economic model: However workable or unworkable it is in the long term, it can only work in the short term if you're ''good'' at plundering. Ancar of Hardorn tried to use his nation as a machine to create armies with which to conquer his neighbors. Over the course of his reign, he launched four unsuccessful invasions of his neighbors before they assassinated him in order to abort a fifth attempt at conquering them. The trilogy after Ancar's death showed the condition he left his nation in - he had conscripted so many able-bodied men who were sent off to die in unsuccessful wars that even some (originally) fairly large communities no longer had the manpower necessary to run the farms needed to feed themselves.
25th Mar '16 11:32:51 AM GrammarNavi
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* The economy of ''[[VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]]'' is supposed to be pretty realistic, but bugs and simplification make it a bit weird. For example, the factories don't store their manufactured goods anywhere. They just sell whatever they can and dump the rest somewhere. Even when this happens, they don't reduce the output unless they begin to lose money - when they begin to fire workers. Also, people buy their goods on the global market starting from the most prestigious nations. Because of that, it may happen that no worker in Germany can buy firewood, because everything has been used up by poor farmers from British India.

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* The economy of ''[[VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun ''[[VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun Victoria 2]]'' is supposed to be pretty realistic, but bugs and simplification make it a bit weird. For example, the factories don't store their manufactured goods anywhere. They just sell whatever they can and dump the rest somewhere. Even when this happens, they don't reduce the output unless they begin to lose money - when they begin to fire workers. Also, people buy their goods on the global market starting from the most prestigious nations. Because of that, it may happen that no worker in Germany can buy firewood, because everything has been used up by poor farmers from British India.
20th Mar '16 11:10:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a Creator/DonRosa [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story, ''The Quest for Kalevala'', Scrooge briefly gets his hand on TheSampo, a mythic handmill that can produce infinite amounts of gold. Normally business-savvy Scrooge gets struck by a severe case of gold fever, and starts rolling out tons of gold. In a boat. In the middle of a storming sea. The economic implications were left unstudied, since immediate survival quickly becomes a more important matter. Knowing Scrooge -- he probably wanted more gold ''just'' to swim in.



** An Italian Scrooge McDuck comic has him trying to hunt down a second-rate philosopher's stone - it can turn any metal into silver - because he owns a majority of the world's silver mines, and its existence would make silver worth much less (presumably, anyone who gets the stone can duplicate it). The Beagle Boys, on the other hand, are merely thrilled at the idea of making silver out of common junk and getting rich selling it, and try to steal it from him.

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** In a Creator/DonRosa Scrooge [=McDuck=] story, ''The Quest for Kalevala'', Scrooge briefly gets his hand on TheSampo, a mythic handmill that can produce infinite amounts of gold. Normally business-savvy Scrooge gets struck by a severe case of gold fever, and starts rolling out tons of gold. In a boat. In the middle of a storming sea. The economic implications were left unstudied, since immediate survival quickly becomes a more important matter. Knowing Scrooge -- he probably wanted more gold ''just'' to swim in.
** An Italian Scrooge McDuck [=McDuck=] comic has him trying to hunt down a second-rate philosopher's stone - it can turn any metal into silver - because he owns a majority of the world's silver mines, and its existence would make silver worth much less (presumably, anyone who gets the stone can duplicate it). The Beagle Boys, on the other hand, are merely thrilled at the idea of making silver out of common junk and getting rich selling it, and try to steal it from him.
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