I could use some worldbuilding advice for Elseways, from people who're better at economics than I am. The city functions according to a kind of vague handwavy socialism; the Corps could provide everyone with everything in a post-scarcity kind of way, but their eventual goal is to make the city self-sufficient without relying on imports, so they've built up lots of infrastructure over the years that will help the city make a smooth transition. All well and good so far... (1/n)
So, given all of the above, how is "Rufus Hydebound is the richest man in the city" a sensible statement? What does anyone actually need money for? Is it just a cosmetic thing? I can see potential in trading money for custom work - say Rufus wants a particular tailor to make him a unique suit. So money exists, but is used to handle only things *above and beyond* basic needs — does this make any sense? How do people who aren't artists make any money, then? Salaries based on education level? (3/n)
There is a whole rat's nest of issues and opinions I don't feel qualified to wade into here. I'm not an economist, and I'm not trying to offer a perfect solution to the real world. I'm trying to build a fictional setting, that's all. I just want it all to make sense, and I know there are details I just haven't thought through because they're questions I'd never think to ask. So … does this make sense, and if not, how can I improve it? (4/4)
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