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Kingdom of sartar economics?


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2 hours ago, Ironwall said:

How does the prince of sartar make an income I take it they tax merchants on the roads but do the tribes of sartar also have to provide taxes and or labour? I mean all that gift giving a good king does has to be expensive

The Prince receives revenues from such sources as tolls on roads; tariffs; excise duties; contributions from the tribes, temples, and cities; minting coins; royal herds; as well as plunder and tribute through war. Such revenues made the Prince richer than most Lunar satraps.  

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You can buy up pasture and cropland, or have land cleared.  You can invest in roads and bridges that you can then tax.  You can invest in merchant trains to expand them in return for a portion of the ongoing profit, or start your own.  A ruler may well want to invest in a winery so that you won't be at the mercy of the local market.  It makes sense to invest in quarries as few people besides kings can afford major capital works.  If you can obtain title to a mine, that is an excellent money maker, assuming it isn't tapped out.  As guilds exist by and under the authority of a royal charter, the ruler has the ability to make a demand for X number of goods they make, by a certain date, and at the market price, and may then dispose of those goods as they see fit provided they don't abuse the terms of the guild charter.  As all authority for the minting of coins is ultimately sovereign authority, a ruler has the right to own, build, and expand their own mint.  There are lots of other examples. 

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7 hours ago, Darius West said:

You can buy up pasture and cropland,

Provided anyone is selling...

7 hours ago, Darius West said:

or have land cleared. 

that is worth clearing and has not already been cleared.

7 hours ago, Darius West said:

You can invest in roads and bridges that you can then tax. 

The princes have invested heavily in infrastructure - Tarkalor built the harbor in Karse, Terasarin built an entire city, a royal road, etc., and only Salinarg's reign was cut short. Temertain never really took the reigns, and Kallyr built a planet's path in the sky.

7 hours ago, Darius West said:

You can invest in merchant trains to expand them in return for a portion of the ongoing profit, or start your own. 

Argrath has seen most of the markets in the south, and brought back sample goods and artifacts. Without a sea port, there is nothing he can do about that, yet. (Corflu doesn't really count.)

7 hours ago, Darius West said:

A ruler may well want to invest in a winery so that you won't be at the mercy of the local market. 

It looks like Argrath is into beef futures. White Bull, bringing back an aurochs, or so...

7 hours ago, Darius West said:

It makes sense to invest in quarries as few people besides kings can afford major capital works.  If you can obtain title to a mine, that is an excellent money maker, assuming it isn't tapped out.  As guilds exist by and under the authority of a royal charter, the ruler has the ability to make a demand for X number of goods they make, by a certain date, and at the market price, and may then dispose of those goods as they see fit provided they don't abuse the terms of the guild charter.  As all authority for the minting of coins is ultimately sovereign authority, a ruler has the right to own, build, and expand their own mint.  There are lots of other examples. 

A war leader may invest in an industry providing his troops and mercenaries with equipment and food, and possibly mounts. And infrastructure.

But hey, that's how Sartar started, at Wilmskirk.

It also may be Fazzur's business model - it looks like he sits where the Tarshites breed the horses for their cavalry, and to sell to the Lunar forces stationed there or supplied through there.

Unless Sartar gains access to unminted precious metal, all the mints can do is use existing coinage and re-mint those.

Selling monopolies and offices is how the Red Emperor creates wealth for himself and his orgies. And he pays his debts by granting land that he has at best tenuous authority to give away.

As to infrastructure, Pelorians invest in and maintain waterways and waterworks. And temples. Roads are built by and for Orlanthi. Including the Daughter's Road.

The house of Sartar has been building temples, too. E.g. to Uleria.

Telling how it is excessive verbis

 

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