Barter in MaharlikaSeptember 30, 2021
Maharlika was no stranger to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. This was proven in the practices and myths of the country:
Moreover, the natural disasters were worsened by man-made disasters like piracy and slave-trading:
This is different from European countries which were safe, fertile, had fewer disasters, and milder slavery policies.
An Economy Built for Crisis
Many large civilizations had difficult environments similar to Maharlika:
Like Maharlika, such countries did not have gold mines and so transacted with barter.
Maharlika used Trust, Inca used Strings
Maharlikans used a trust system which was limited and not scalable. This limited the growth of the external trade to only the Luzon and Visayas, preventing from Maharlika from spreading or having a large economy, unlike Java or Cambodia.
However, this made the Maharlikan economy resilient. Cambodia and Java, on the other hand, had frequent wars between Thailand and Malaysia respectively.
The barter system of the Inca and Egyptian empires was more scalable. It used granaries as the store of grain-value and ledgers as the tool of trade.
- The Inca used quipu as the ledger
- The Egyptians used papyrus
We scale the barter system of Maharlika by using points on a web server as the tool of trade. This creates a points-based system as an implementation of the bayanihan economy.