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Garwel

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Private property in RimWorld
« on: February 12, 2021, 07:07:32 AM »

The economy of a RimWorld colony is effectively "primitive communism": everything belongs to the commune (and managed by the player), which has total control over both production and consumption. So your colonist doesn't even own the shirt they are wearing or the meal they are eating. This is roughly the way prehistoric societies were organized (and some modern-day primitive tribes still are).

I have a concept of a mod that would overhaul this system to bring in a bit more private property, specifically personal property, and some elements of markets. This might work like this:

- Every pawn has some virtual money ("credits") that don't directly correspond with silver but are used for internal exchange.

- Pawns pay credits to the colony for consuming items, putting on clothes etc. If they return the item, they are paid back.

- Pawns can earn money by doing work. Instead of assigning priorities to different work types, you set their pay rates, either per hour, per work unit or something like that. There may also be other sources of income, e.g. some minimum daily wage.

This may also be extended with ownership of furniture, rooms or other items, family-owned property etc.

This system is still not capitalism, because all the means of production (and all produce) would be owned by the colony. It would be closer to socialism as existed in the USSR and other Eastern Bloc countries. But at least it would create a more interesting and dynamic economy and open up completely new ways of managing the colony.

What do you think? Would such an overhaul be interesting? What would you add or change?
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KWanchai70

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Re: Private property in RimWorld
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 04:37:40 AM »

Is it better now?
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Hilvon1984

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Re: Private property in RimWorld
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2021, 06:30:31 AM »

Well... obvious question:
If a pawn gets beaten senseless and has to spend days in bed, who is paying for their food?
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