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A Merchant is a sophont who engages in mercantile, trading ventures with a goal of making a profit.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Very successful merchants are known as Merchant Princes and most venture offworld after they have purchased a Merchant Vessel. Interstellar Trade is very dangerous, but can also be very profitable. It takes a sophont with guts to venture out into the interstellar star lanes. Some might say that such risk taking behavior requires the Traveller Gene.

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History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

As soon as sophont societies develop organized cultures with social hierarchies, exchanges of goods and services occur, which in turn creates commerce, trade, markets, and stable economies.

While TL-0 societies are composed of protosophonts with very little concept of trade or barter, TL:1-3 societies have mastered many intergroup trade practices before the end of the technological epoch, which generally takes thousands to hundreds of thousands of years.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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