How to Fight Inflation By Being the Only Person in Thy Fiefdom Who Is Legally Allowed to Own Things
Protect thyself even though thou art an extravagantly wealthy lord/lady and don’t really need to
Prices are rising rapidly of late, and fears of inflation hath many lords and ladies asking the same question: I’m literally the only person on this fief that has money so doth it really even matter?
Truth is, nay. It matters not. Thou wilt be rich no matter what and everyone else will be poor.
But that doesn’t mean thou shouldn’t take steps to protect thyself and thy realm from the ravages of inflation, if for nothing else than to break up the day-to-day monotony of being an overlord. Here be some tips for fighting inflation if thou art the only person in thy fiefdom that is legally allowed to own things.
Take Everything from Everyone
The first step towards fighting inflation is always to ensure that all of thy vassals have nothing and thou hast everything. Can’t be inflation if nobody has money! Send thy henchmen round the villages to ensure not even a single golden coin remains that is not in thy possession.
Peasants are known to be a crafty lot, and will use all manner of things as currency. So be sure thou commandeers everything that even remotely has value.
Murder Thy Treasurer
One of the commonest solutions whenever thine economie is awry is to blame it all on thy treasurer and have him murdered in cold blood. The people shall rejoice that the much-abhorred treasurer is no more, and the occasional murder is goode for the humours.
Burn Down Some Villages
A simple and fun way to reduce spending if thou still harbours suspicions that commerce is occurring is to burn a few villages to the ground. There shall be fewer alive people to spend money, thus driving down prices.
Cast Chests of Treasure into the Sea
Often, inflation can be caused by an excess of rubies, metals, and precious gemstones in thy coffers. Reducing the quantity of treasure in thy fiefdom will help keep thy spending in check and control inflation.
But at the same time, those gemstones are really shiny and rare, so maybe just put them in a crypt for a while and spend them later.
Finally - Just Keep Being Rich
When all else fails, just keep being thy lordly self. Honestly, inflation doesn’t really affect anything anyway, considering thou hast absolute authority over thy demesne and can simply give and take whatever thou please. So just continue on being an extravagantly wealthy overlord and don’t fret over some mere price fluctuations.