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Author Topic: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?  (Read 1684 times)

Bob69Joe

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Seems like slavery to me. I can't come up with any honorably economic reason(Vaisyas have dharma too) why someone buys crew for a higher price on the black market. Without TriTech vats brewing up the goods, there is always the reliable way of harvesting organ meat.

Is crew affiliation going to be made more dynamic later on, as in faction to faction? There needs to be some character reputation repercussions for dumping a bunch of crew members onto certain unfavorable worlds or something.
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2021, 03:13:24 PM »

Union vs. non-union contracts. Bam.

(BTW not canon! I'm just joking around!)
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2021, 03:18:05 PM »

I think of it as crew contracts. Pulling crew from the blackmarket might be murderers or political dissidents who aren't supposed to be leaving as opposed to people going through the space port terminal and thus forcing a tariff for the admiral on purchased contracts.

Whenever we pull into a port crew from the fleet might jump ship under the premise that they get someone else to replace them, which in this age might be easy.

Not that as a head-canon fully checks out. But yeah the cost of putting out recruitment contracts. Who shows up and passes a test (for pirates the test is, duck!)
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 03:31:46 PM »

It's the Employment Tax, see?

If youse employ da people, you gotta pay da tax.*  'Less you wanna, you know, grease some palms and use our, ah, official paperwork we got right here. Totally legit crew contracts, I swear! They just, uh, were issued before da tax wuz made, see?


*Hey, it worked for Seattle...
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2021, 03:56:48 PM »

Right, so a member of my crew gets "bought" because somebody doesn't want to pay the tariff out of obligation.
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2021, 04:16:11 PM »

Commander:  You are a bunch of ones-and-zeroes in a game.  You exist for the pleasure of whoever is playing the game behind that fourth wall.  Enjoy your miserable existence.  Oh, wait! You can't because you are just bits.

Crew:  ...
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2021, 08:19:41 AM »

Feel more sorry for the crew that were vented after salvaging.
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Re: How to explain selling crew on open market compared to black market?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2021, 09:44:09 AM »

I always interpretted tariffs as really the cumulative effect of handling fees, bribes, commissions, tithes, as well as actual traiffs, so in the case of crew you're probably going through some sort of planetary recruitment office (with finder's fees!) versus just trading employment contracts with whatever adjacent spacers happened to dock next to your fleet.
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