In case you’ve ever wondered about currency in New Albion, here is all you need to know about it, courtesy of Kai, with help from Taliesin Ladd and Kerttu Aarnipuu (who figured this all out and wrote this. )
You guys are amazing. Without further ado:
The Lilian is the form of currency in New Albion. It’s equivalence to the US Dollar depends on the generation in which is it being used, as well as the political, economic and social environment, as any form of currency would be. They are also called Lils, the equivalent to the US’s “bucks”.
The Lilian comes in the form of a 1 L coin, 5 L coin, 10 L coin, 15 L bill, 30 L bill, and a 50 L bill. Not all of these coins and bills may have been used in one generation, but rather phased in and out of circulation. The coins are made from nickel and the bills are made from cotton fiber paper. On the coins are various locations in New Albion, including the Clocktower, the Blimp landing and the rivers. On the 15 L bill, there the Gambler and on the 30 L bill there is the Monk. The 50 L bill had an image of Jane.
After the civil war, new bills were being printed including the 1000 bill, 150 bill, 300 bill, 500 bill 750 bill and finally the 1000 bill. On the 50 L bill is an image of St. Priscilla and finally on the 100 L bill there is an image of John O’Brien. The images on the 50 L bill to 100 L Bill are placed. Jasper the Doll was printed on the 150 bill, St. Harlett is printed on the 300 bill, an image of an Albino is printed on the 500. Surprisingly, the Cigarette Girl is printed on the 750 bill, yet nobody knows why. On the 1000 is a snapshot of modern- day Crier’s Blvd.
The exchange rates are based on 1910 dollars. It is not based on modern-day dollars.
During Dolls of New Albion the currency inflation had been steadily. One US Dollar had equaled 16 Lilian at the start of Dolls. The next generation with the climb of Edgar’s business experienced a 4 Lilian increase for the US Dollar equivalent, and during Byron’s campaign for Jasper the value of the Lilian raised to 29 L per US dollar. The new police-state of New Albion flattened out the inflation raising it to 35 L per US dollar.
New Albion Radio Hour takes place during a civil war between the government and the citizens. During the civil war, taking place during the story in Radio Hour, the government had used credits, while the revolutionaries had used exclusively paper bills. The Lilian saw an increase to 73 Lilian’s per US dollar and then an increase of 153 L per US dollar after the war, during the time of the broadcast.
After the war, a boom in employment rates following the creation of Arcadia Corp. affected the Lilian’s value and caused values to steadily rise to 186 L to 1 US dollar. During GtAC, prices rose once again to 226 L to 1 US dollar.
Currently it is unknown what the price of the Lilian is compared to US dollars, but an estimate realized has been 256, had New Albion followed a similar environment as GtAC.
There are taxes on almost everything except for food and clothing. While the taxes vary depending on the district in New Albion, taxes have also steadily risen with inflation of New Albion. During DoNA taxes have raised steadily from 0.4% to 3%. During Radio Hour, the taxes spike up to 10% during the civil war, in order to pay for the war. By GtAC, the taxes lower to 8% to 7%, after the war and during the brief era of prosperity in the city. The tax rate moves steadily between the two during the years.
|Lilians DoNA 1||Lilians DoNA 2||Lilians DoNA 3||Lilians DoNA 4||Lilians NARH 1|
|1 US Dollar (during timeperiod)||16||20||29||35||73|
|Loaf of Bread||1||2||4||6||14|
|Quart of Milk||2||4||8||12||28|
|A Dozen Eggs||7||10||15||35||60|
|A Pack of Cigarettes||3||5||7||10||15|
|Pack of Pencils (6 pack)||2||4||8||10||14|
|Cost of Single-Family House||88000||94000||100500||126000||164000|
|Taxi Fare (per mile)||8||16||32||48||70|
|Lilians NARH 2||Lilians GtAC 1||Lilians GtAC 2||Lilians BoLH|
|1 US Dollar (during timeperiod)||153||186||226||256|
|Loaf of Bread||24||11||14||16|
|Quart of Milk||48||22||28||32|
|A Dozen Eggs||75||77||98||112|
|A Pack of Cigarettes||28||33||42||48|
|Pack of Pencils (6 pack)||20||34||40||—|
|Cost of Single-Family House||198000||202000||220000||—|
|Taxi Fare (per mile)||86||104||130||—|