baur at chello.at
Sun Feb 26 20:44:21 GMT 2012
Am 26.02.2012 21:28, schrieb beatrice_otter at haugensgalleri.com:
> I'm looking at the Nexus and imagining it a lot more like the early modern
> era, 1500s or 1600s. A lot of squabbling nations that aren't above
> attacking their enemies cargo. And they aren't above turning a blind eye
> to pirates, as long as those pirates only attack their enemies. And even
> if they want to go after pirates, those pirates may well be equipped as
> good as any ship in the navy, making them tough to take on. Also, bad
> communications, long travel distances/times such that things may change
> drastically between the time you ship your goods and the time they arrive
> which both makes things chancier and means that you need people going
> along with your cargo to negotiate for you. And they didn't do much
> ''just put to sea and avoid other jurisdictions," most ships followed
> coastlines and put in to port regularly both as navigation aids and for
> resupplying the ship, which meant having to deal with a lot of different
> customs/tarriffs. In the Nexus, this is the equivalent of all those space
> stations at each wormhole you pass through. Between these and various
> factors, shipping things was expensive, so most places made/grew as much
> of their own stuff as they could and only imported luxury items. The
> volume of trade per capita was much lower, because the cost was higher.
all a good point ..
otoh there would be ample historical precendents for all these nations
not to for the "a new customs post every 10 miles" route - because in
the long view this will loose them money
example - one of the precedents:
> If you're right, I bet they do have superjumpers and we've just never seen
> them because they were never important to the plot. (Miles for some
> reason stows away on one? Someone smuggles herself away on one?)
> If I'm right, they may have them in settled, stable, homogenous areas
> (Cetagandan Empire, anyone?
they would be an obvious possibility .. large enough, homogenous and
well policed ....
> The area around Earth which is a bit of a
> backwater except for their cultural supremacy?). But in the rest of the
> galaxy, there simply isn't enough bulk trade to compensate for all the
> drawbacks (easier to pirate, nobody there to protect your interests and
> negotiate with local governments as necessary, etc).
> Beatrice Otter
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