One of the facets of Babylon 5
that I really enjoyed was its realistic depiction of economics. B5 was a departure from the utopian economy
of Star Trek
where scarcity -- as well as money -- had been largely eliminated. In Babylon 5
, there were unions that went on strike and frequent shortages of labor, parts, and just plain cash. A large population of desperately poor people lived on the station in a region called "Downbelow", and a number of major characters dealt with unemployment, indebtedness, and worries about paying their bills.
Scarcity, both for societies as a whole and individuals, was a driving force in the Babylon 5
storyline. So it's a lot like the world that we live in. I liked that.Which science fiction books, movies, or television shows do you think do a good job of presenting realistic economics?
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