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11-15-2009 @ 7:35PM
WOW's economy is the closest known model to a completely lassiez-faire (that's "hands-off") economy. You have farmers, who collect (IRL farmers raise crops, but same idea) valuable resources; tycoons, from Gevlon types to just the average Joe trying to get epic flying (a car/house?); industrial workers, who turn something from a farmer into something a tycoon can use for their paycheck; and of course "1g plz" types. Costs of shipping and whatnot are replaced by the AH cut. There's no regulation (beyond botting-type stuff) and almost every profession is economically viable (even Engineers have stuff to sell.... honest). So it's a pretty interesting model. The only major difference being that it's completely optional to partake in.
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