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29th May '16 12:53:07 AM chc232323
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** This is common in prison, refugee camps, and POW camps throughout history. Other commodity currencies (as the phenomena is called) have and will exist in these types of environments. [[http://www.finance-watch.org/hot-topics/blog/1027-blog-cigarette-currency Here]] is a harsh tale from a Nazi POW camp covered by Finance Watch on the topic.
14th May '16 7:20:06 AM Lightice
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** Also, some of ancient Chinese coinage was shaped like valuable objects they represented, such as knives.
14th May '16 7:16:06 AM Lightice
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* In ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'', Time is the currency of choice in Oubliette. When a person is born, they receive a specific amount of Time donated by their parents, which they can spend as they please as an idle Noble or earn through pseudo-capitalist enterprise. But custom dictates that everybody must eventually run out, at which point their body is placed in stasis and their mind is uploaded into a robotic Quiet, which take care of all the menial labour in the colony. After a set period they have once again earned enough to be returned to human form and begin the cycle anew.
4th Apr '16 10:26:38 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', the Crooked Spine trades for blood, while the preferred currency in the Inert Biovessel is keratin. As for the Hospital itself, term deposits in its [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/516.html organ bank]] mature in a very literal sense.

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* In ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', the Crooked Spine trades for blood, blood and used bandages, while the preferred currency in the Inert Biovessel is keratin. As for the Hospital itself, term deposits in its [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/516.html organ bank]] mature in a very literal sense.
4th Apr '16 10:23:28 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', the Crooked Spine trades for blood, while the preferred currency in the Inert Biovessel is keratin.

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* In ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'', the Crooked Spine trades for blood, while the preferred currency in the Inert Biovessel is keratin.
keratin. As for the Hospital itself, term deposits in its [[http://www.bogleech.com/awfulhospital/516.html organ bank]] mature in a very literal sense.
19th Mar '16 9:51:03 PM dalek955
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*In ''Literature/KnownSpace'', the [[ProudWarriorRace Kzinti Patriarchy]] deals in ''strakh'', a unitless system based on reputation and interactions. In economic terms it's far less efficient than money, but it probably produces better habits of thought.
18th Jan '16 11:22:06 AM TheMike
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* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', taking place in a post-apocalyptic world with no women, uses porn magazines as currency. Garth, the "pornographer" artist party member, in particular, asks for 150, not particularly as a hiring fee, but as "inspiration".
9th Dec '15 9:17:21 AM TrustBen
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* They use clams in ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' (even though within the strip they're {{Talking Animal}}s, which should cause some CarnivoreConfusion, but usually doesn't).

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* They use clams in ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' (even though within the strip they're {{Talking Animal}}s, which should cause some CarnivoreConfusion, but usually doesn't). This is a literalized {{pun}} as "clam" was a standard slang term for "dollar" before the strip was created.
10th Nov '15 2:29:13 PM SantosLHalper
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** Another currency is the Triangic Pu, which is divided into nine "Ningis" made up of planet-sized rubber triangles. Nine of them will get you a more reasonably-sized dollar equivalent, but no one has been able to keep hold of nine of them at once and the banks don't deal in petty change.

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** Another currency is the Triangic Pu, which is divided into nine "Ningis" made up of planet-sized rubber triangles. Nine of them will get you Nobody owns enough Ningis for a more reasonably-sized dollar equivalent, but no one has been able to keep hold of nine of them at once Pu and the banks don't deal in petty change.
10th Nov '15 2:28:30 PM SantosLHalper
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** Another Hitchhiker's example is the Flavian pobble bead, which is apparently one of the three major Galactic currencies, despite only being exchangeable for other Flavian pobble beads.
** Another currency is made up of planet-sized rubber triangles. Nine of them will get you a more reasonably-sized dollar equivalent, but no one has been able to keep hold of nine of them at once and the banks don't deal in petty change.

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** Another Hitchhiker's example is the Flavian Flanian pobble bead, which is apparently one of the three major Galactic currencies, despite only being exchangeable for other Flavian Flanian pobble beads.
** Another currency is the Triangic Pu, which is divided into nine "Ningis" made up of planet-sized rubber triangles. Nine of them will get you a more reasonably-sized dollar equivalent, but no one has been able to keep hold of nine of them at once and the banks don't deal in petty change.
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