The question popped in my head since I got to the part where shopkeepers wait in line before the store house to get goods for their store.
Here is some background story: The city of Ember has a large store room system which contains all commodities (including food ...) the City needs for 200 years.
So, at first, I wondered: Who owns those goods in the store rooms. Who does the shopkeeper pay?
Then, I wondered:
if there are enough commodities (including food ...) needed for 200 years, then there is no need for production.
If so, how does the economy work and how would money flow ?
Why is Ember not a Subsidized economy and Communist ?
What stimulates people to work when you have 200 years of supplies ?
What I see:
Money exists: Messenger get paid 20 cents each message.
Shops exist: Shop keepers wait in line to get goods for their shop.
Storeroom clerk. Small Items Shop where Loris Harrow (Doon's father) works.
Production exists: there is a greenhouse (although there is canned food in the storeroom) ...
So, in summary, my question is:
How does the economy work in the city of Ember ?