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what does their commerce consist of?


I know they bet horses and land but was there ever any mention of money or gold that i missed? What was the coin of the realm? I wonder if they had like ape inn keepers or tavern owners or anything of that nature. They had a hospital but I don't remember seeing anything like a store or library.

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One episode mentioned a shipment of gold. But taxes are paid in grain and slaves, so they seem to have a barter economy. As for industry, we've seen farming, fishing and talk of mining. But that's about it. The whole thing reminds me of the Star Trek episode where they recreate the shootout at the OK Corral. Just bits and pieces, enough to tell their story, but not a real world.

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That's actually a good question because I don't think any of the Apes films or the t.v. show address their economic system whatsoever. One thing that's unfortunate is that they never really go into much detail about how the ape society is sorted out.

Gold was mentioned in the episode "The Tyrant" because Aboro used gold to bribe his way to the prefect position. We don't really see a wide assortment of ape professions. It's basically: soldier, prefect, doctor, scientist, council member, farmer or political assistant.

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Could be based on the gold standard.
Simple society for sure though. The nurse never asked Gregar for his insurance card when he asked for medicine for Galen's scorpion sting.

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Yeah I forgot about the gold bribe, the slave thing is somewhat perplexing as some parts of ape land seem to have slaves while other parts seem more like servants or squatters or something. I know the fishing village used the fish seemingly as trade or payment or something but I don't recall what it was or if they ever said.
I know some of urko's guys would collect taxes (grain) and what not. Oh well just wondering never could piece it together.

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the slave thing is somewhat perplexing as some parts of ape land seem to have slaves while other parts seem more like servants or squatters or something.


Yeah, that was one of the problems with the series. Some humans are slaves, some are peasant farmers but under ape control, some humans seem to do whatever they want. Alan and Pete seem to freely be able to walk around the countryside. They should have at least been consistent with humans legal status.

They never really made it clear what type of economic system they lived under.

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It's possible that the individual Prefects have some flexibility over the rules to be governed in the lands they control. But areas such as the fishing village could be so remote that no Prefect is involved, any ape can take charge over unattended humans, apparently.

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It feels like they're modeling the series to be similar to the post reconstruction U.S. South.

I don't think they put a lot of thought into the socio economic dynamic of humans because this was basically a show targeted to kids.

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That is an excellent question. I wonder if it was addressed in the Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel. Most TV shows and movies don't get too much into economics.

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On the original movie there are fruit and clothing stands.

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