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Old 15 Jan 2008, 17:31   #1 (permalink)
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Would the tau have money? Seeing as they all work towards the greater good, but I could still see them having budgets to prevent small projects spending to much money. What about Cafe's and stuff? they need some relaxation time don't they? What do you think?
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 18:52   #2 (permalink)
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Some form of currency does seem the most efficient way to exchange goods, even though they are not a consumerist culture. this is probably especially relevant when dealing with other races.

They could function in a similar way to the Federation,
but how they function without money is never really explained (how do the Starfleet crew pay Quark for their drinks in the bar on DS9 with no money?)

so some sort of token system probably exists, but it is probably viewed in a very different way than how we see money,

others on here may be able to tell you more than I can.
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 20:39   #3 (permalink)
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Problem-Why pay when you can get a drone/AI to do it? ???
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
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Pay a drone to go to a cafe for you?
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 21:37   #5 (permalink)
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Pay a drone? Drones are slaves without the ugly part where you actually enslave a real person.
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 22:54   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think slavery applied to Drones, their not complex enough, think more pets or working animals; they are the equivelent of cart horses or sheep/guide dogs, and are on that level of intellegence.
unless you count those animals as being enslaved,

although this is a future problem for the Tau, but knowing the Tau, they will become citizens when their Intellegence begins to reach sentience.

haven't you heard of the DRM

the Drone Rights Movement...
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 02:54   #7 (permalink)
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What good would the water caste be if they had no economy to barter about. Even if they didn't really need it on a day to day level, their needs to be some why to quantify the worth of things, especially when the top brass are deciding how to split resources. Not to mention they'd need some sort of monetary system to trade with other races they meet as they expand.
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Would the tau have money? Seeing as they all work towards the greater good, but I could still see them having budgets to prevent small projects spending to much money. What about Cafe's and stuff? they need some relaxation time don't they? What do you think?
1. Use Search, this has been discussed a few times before, usually under "Tau Currency"
2. Short answer: All essentials (food, shelter, transport, etc) are provided by the state (Tau'va); luxuries, like going to the movies (or Tau equivalent), fancy foods and all that are paid for using tokens of some kind. The system works because everyone gets their basic needs taken care of, and those that work well/hard get more 'money' for luxuries.
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