Oct 23, 2018 9:11 PM
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"I hope you don't."

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"Me too, the returns aren't anything to write home about."

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"So... what is your plan for now?"

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"Pick something to invent, collect or earn money for materials, invent it, sell it, repeat."

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"Here, or somewhere else?"

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"Probably it'll eventually make sense to move to a city."

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"Gao Ling isn't far from here."

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"Have you been?"

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"Once. There's an earthbending arena there."

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"Sounds fun, though more relevant to me would be the state of industry and engineering."

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"I think there's a foundry there. But the Earth Kingdom doesn't really do that stuff on the same scale as the Fire Nation."

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"Nobody does it on the scale I need. Good economic policy and human capital are as important as whether I need to bring it two hundred years forward or two hundred and ten."

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"Human capital?"

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"People who might want to work for me or make stuff I can use, who are smart and creative."

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"That makes sense. What decides if economic policy is good or bad?"

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"It's complicated because all of it interacts and there's tradeoffs but for my purposes low trade restrictions and low tariffs are good."

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"Gao Ling might be good, then. You shouldn't go to Ba Sing Se, it's big and has a lot more people than anywhere else, but it's very hard to get things in and out."

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"Gao Ling it is."

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"I don't know who to talk to there but you can probably figure that out."

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"Probably. Thanks for the suggestion."

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"You're welcome. Do you want more paper for today or...?"

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"Nah, I can't do too much at once or my error rate goes up and stuff."

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"Okay. I'm going to go back to my reading, then."

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"Enjoy."

Tarinda collects startup funding and heads to Gao Ling. She rents workshop space.

She invents the telegraph.

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There is a foundry in Gao Ling and it does have wire drawing equipment, but they're not prepared to produce it in the quantities she'll need to connect multiple cities.

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