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Business and Trade

Free trade and the transport of goods is also allowed between countries within the Empire. However, goods coming in from foreign empires by land or sea must pass through customs and pay tariffs.

Most trade is done between countries within the Empire. The Hallowed Empire’s principal international trade partner is the Celestial Empire, via sea trade. Popular Celestial imports include gadgets, exquisite cloth, and teas.

Some trade is also done with the Shahnate, via the Spice River, which flows through Brythony. When the Shahnate took the Sweet Sea from the Brythons by force, they opened this waterway to trade. The Shahnate is famous for spices and medicinals, ceramics, and jewelry. The Sweet Sea and the Spice River freeze over in the winter and become unpassable.

Goods from Bharata are usually brought in via the Celestial Empire, and include art, jewelry, gold, and incense. Goods from Nubia come in via the Shahnate (from their conquered Nubian states), and include ivory, exotic animals and pelts, ebony, and pearls. Some Sunborn goods filter up through the Shahnate and Melanesia, and include cashmere, exotic feathers, cocoa, quinoa, nuts. The Empire has little trade with Brythony, whom they consider savages.

Popular Imperial exports include: Ravenglass, rust venom, steel armor, steel weapons, mercenaries (working abroad), stained glass, exotic woods (swalwood, gravewood, stalkwood), Homines (working abroad), tinglefish, loverfish, warhorses, bison and blueback saddles, indigo beetle oil and dye, sellbodies (working abroad), art, trained hawks and falcons, sleepy cheese, jewelry, Cotton Sheep wool, angora wool, amber, furs, gilded honeyflies, glassworks, herbs, and cosmetics.

Commodities such as wheat and iron are rarely exported or imported. The cost of wheat can rise as much as three times when traveling 1,500 miles by sea, or up to twenty times if traveling 1,500 miles over land. The lighter luxury items are the most cost-effective for merchants to transport.

In the countryside, many people barter (with goods or services) rather than buy, though the monetary value of the goods is well known and used for determining the trades. Coin is mainly used along roads and in urban areas.

Cities are more likely to have corporares, registered businesses that sell shares and can have multiple owners. These entities, which are taxed, are usually formed to share the risk of a new venture, and to protect the personal assets of the owners should the business fail.

Synonyms:
Trade, Free Trade, Sea Trade, Tariffs, Barter, Imports, Exports, Corporares
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