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Venice was one of the richest City States in the middle ages - indeed, so wealthy, that it's currency (the Ducat) was used as the European standard (eat yer heart out Euro!). Like a sort of "water-world", the City was built on timber piles sunk into the bed of a lagoon (even the Doge's Palace). It had an island reserved for immediate isolation of suspected plague victims and another for the quarantine of all foreigners entering the city - thus remaining relatively plague free in an era of plagues. A draconian tax system, even the taxing of brothels (an estimated 10% of the population worked in the sex trade); allowed them to build a naval and trading fleet without rival in the Mediteranean for hundreds of years. Seem history can teach lessons. :wink:

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