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Chapter 7. Web Security (Opening the Village to Trade)

Chapter 7. Web Security (Opening the Village to Trade)


Not long after the towns started communicating, they also started to look to each other for trade and commerce. Each town had stores and Saturday markets, and the local farmers had a few more places for selling their goods. With this new burst of commerce came new prosperity—but also a new set of worries. John needed to hire more law enforcement to watch out for thieves and watch the roads and to generally ensure that the money that was moving around was doing so lawfully.

John’s plan was simple: he had every merchant apply for a local license. This license cost a small fee, but that fee was used to hire more deputies. Any money left over was used to ensure that the bank vault was secured. Merchants from other towns could apply for licenses or just get permits for the weekly market if they only wanted to sell there. But then John took one more step that helped the people of his town: Merchants had to display their licenses at their place of business for customers to see. That meant customers knew right away that a merchant was okay and not some “snake oil salesman.”

John also kept his deputies visible during the market times. They walked the area to be available but also so people knew that protection was nearby. John knew this visibility wouldn’t prevent all crimes, but it would help catch the ones that did happen. His town was on its way to being a large city, and he was confident that he was prepared to face those challenges too.


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