Galactic Credit

Standard Abbreviation: gcr

History of the Galactic Credit

The GCR was created by the Representatives in 2061 after Humanity joined the Galactic Community. It was at that time that the Representatives grew tired of fielding the increasing amount of complaints about currency conversion and standardized trading, and decided they had no choice but to step in.

There was some argument when they set down the standard conversion rate for the currency, but the arguments were soon laid to rest by the Ahsi Representative from the Council of Community who politely, but firmly, reminded the Community at large that as it was a completely digital currency to be controlled by the Galactic Bank an organization, and arm of the Representatives, that was created solely to handle this new system, it could only ever have the value they set for it. So it was set at a simple conversion rate, that would stay firm, even as the other currencies fluctuate in value.

One credit was to be equal to 10 Yecixĩu dollars. It was to be equal to 50 Kavenai Verain Ree. From those two numbers, the GB extrapolated the value in other currencies by means of the current exchange rate, and finding the nearest amount that had a singular representative object. For humans, it became equal to one United States penny, which at first angered Humans because of how worthless pennies were seen to be, until they realized how valuable credits were, comparatively.

The Physicality of a Purely Digital Currency

GCR Image
GCR Symbol, standard by Amara

The GB worked with members and economists from many different races in order to design something that could be commonly recognized to represent the GCR in text, and came up with the icon to the right, which was based in the design of the Paychip with which the currency would be used, and the written icon of the credit (shown left) combined.

Over the years, many people have put forth their own ideas of what a physical version of the credit could actually look like, however all ideas have been rejected, as the Representatives and GB believe that having even just a concept for the physical credit could give way to some people creating and selling fake physical credits, which while seemingly harmless since they would hold no value, would be a real problem because it would essentially be robbery or at the very least fraud and false advertising.

Economic and Cultural Impact of the GCR

Over time, it has become less common for people to attempt spending money from their own homeland within the Galactic Community. The rise of the GCR as the most stable currency in the Galaxy has led many to abandon their own land's currencies, and it's become increasingly rare to locate a place of business accessible to the Galactic Community that doesn't accept the GCR, most places actually prefer or require it, as it is the only form of currency that is not affected by things like inflation.

The only known places that do not accept the GCR, but that still fall, technically, within Galactic Community Borders are lawless areas such as Kevanti the so-called Raider Colony, or such as the infamous Trade Town, an ever moving fleet of ships through which all Blackmarket Pet Trade deals are made.

The GCR has become so ubiquitous in culture that there have been several generations that grew up on space stations or ships knowing the GCR as the main form of currency and that have never seen physical money.

It is a common insult to say you wouldn't spend a credit to get someone out of GSF custody. It is also a common insult to tell someone that their skills wouldn't be worth two credits in the Galactic Pet Trade. In the past there were commonly many articles and books published on how to earn GCR quickly, but most people eventually realized the easiest ways to earn credits were just to help other people, have a job, or sell objects that you've made or own and no longer need. People also eventually realized there was no need to obtain excessive amounts of GCR because anything they wanted, they could find for affordable prices since much of the pricing of an object in GCR is done strictly on a "how much are you willing to pay" versus "how much the merchant paid" scale, most merchants are more than willing to work with someone on prices, as there would be heavy penalties from the Representatives and GB if they did not.

Item type
Currency & Deeds
Current Location
Milky Way Galaxy
Rarity

standard, common

Base Price
1GCR = 0.01 USD = 0.10 ZCR = 0.50 KVR = 10 YCR = 100 VRS
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Galactic Credit Icon by Snow

"At first, we considered it stupid. Back on Cianlis, we had always been content to simply barter. The Council of Community always made sure our needs were met, as was the directive of Ci. Even our dealings with the Makiin were done through barter.

Currency, was to us a foreign concept. The idea that an object as simple as a small round piece of metal, could hold a certain value that made people want to accept it for other items was strange.

The Kavenai first introduced it to us. On their world, specifically shaped bits of glass, reinforced through magic in order to be unbreakable, have value. These bits of glass are made by very specialized crafters employed by the Kavarri government. Though we did not understand, and though we thought it stupid that something so simple could be worth trading with, we agreed to adapt.

In time, more races joined us. For some, that thing of value that we did not understand was, to us, mere scraps of metal shaped like disks. For others, rectangular bits of paper. Yet others had progressed to a point where it was some form of reusable object, in humanity's case, plastic cards. Those were the most confusing to us, their 'currency' didn't seem to be backed in any real item. It only held value because they wanted it to hold value.

But that is where we stand now, as we come together as a community. A community marred by the difficulties of dealing with so many various kinds of currency, not all of which hold value to everyone. WE are here today, to create the first, and hopefully only necessary, Galactic Standard form of payment. We are tentatively calling it 'the Galactic Credit'."

— Excerpt from the speech given during the meeting that led to the adoption of the Galactic Credit.

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19 Aug, 2019 19:50

How did you get that font for Galatic Anvil?

19 Aug, 2019 23:14

the font or the color? for both I edited the css and added it in myself. I found all five fonts I use on this world though Google Fonts. I can give you the code if you'd like! I'm on the worldanvil discord rn as "Subtly Snalloween" but my discord id is @subtletyislost#4600. Either pm me or @ me on the server and I'll give you the code, if you'd like.

20 Aug, 2019 13:03

Both - I just don't know how to use CSS. Do you code or something? Anyway nice article