Credits Program

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Currency in the pârnai is entirely digital, similar to bitcoin in the 21st century, except each unit of currency is simply called a credit. The number of credits is fixed at 99,999,999; and each credit is marked by it’s own unique ten-digit code. Each time a credit changes hands, the ten digit code is transferred to the new jump or terminal, and the date, time, and identification code of the last terminal it passed through is recorded. The credits program is encrypted, and any public user-interface that accesses the credits program only displays the number of credits available. Also, the jumps that carry credits must be specially formatted and can only carry the credits program.

Terminals are computers leased out by the Sherriff that act as cash registers for the various businesses of the pârnai. In order to officially conduct business in the pârnai, one has to lease a terminal from the Sherriff. Terminals allow vendors to transfer credits from jumps to terminals and vice versa, as well as having register and cashflow management programs. However, the primary job of the terminals is to download and archive the history of the credits that pass through it. In this way, the sherriff’s office can track down any counterfeit credits and reissue any credits that haven’t seen circulation in a while.

Counterfeiting credits might seem like an easy task in such a digital savvy economy, but it runs into several problems. First one must replicate credits, but that would require de-encrypting the credits program (and, given the educational system of the pârnai, this is not something everyone can do). Then when spending the counterfeit credits, one must hope that the terminal doesn’t already have the original credit stored, otherwise the terminal wouldn’t process the transaction and would notify the vendor. Even if the terminal accepts the counterfeit credit, there is no guarantee the next jump it’s transferred to will. Each jump and terminal it transfers to multiplies this risk, and pretty quickly it gets caught. And then the Sherriff’s office will hire coders and debuggers to start pulling the credit’s terminal history, until the first terminal can be found. Since the pool of expertise capable of counterfeiting credits is small, the culprit can be tracked down quickly once the first terminal is located.

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