You are a trader on the Silk Road. You can be Chinese, Mongolian, Arabian, Byzantine, or Venetian. Your job is to gain access to spices, incense, glassware, and other commodities the elite demand. Remember that trade in this age has followed the old contours of gift exchange (items intended for elite consumption and redistribution in order to solidify political alliances). What if you made these goods available to a broader audience? What if you took the profit made transporting these goods and used it to leverage business growth against native and foreign competitors? For you to succeed in this scheme, you must get eliminate of some of the middle men. Then, you must secure alternative safe passages to the main caravan hubs in central Asia. Will you need naval power to accomplish this bold and audacious plan? Consider your options wisely.
Present an update on the status of your plan to usurp the silk trade from a powerful and cutthroat competitor. Use words with precision and skill as you present your step-by-step plan to gain control over the silk trade. Present an overview that makes an explicit argument. This will serve as your thesis statement. Then, in a systematic and logical fashion, lay out your bold and cunning strategy in your initial post of at least 300 words. Think about these issues as you draw up your proposal:
- An adventure of this scale is costly. How do you propose to raise the money without incurring the wrath of your already heavily taxed subjects?
- Do you plan to use military forces for this operation?
- If so, are you asking for specialized elite forces to play the role of merchants in disguise?
- How do you propose to usurp trade from a rival empire that marks up the price of luxury goods that arrive in your empire? They are the cause of your negative balance of trade, and the time has come to bypass the middleman. Unfortunately, diplomacy has failed to reach a negotiated settlement because the stakes are too high for each side to make concessions.
- Do you seek out religious minorities within your rival’s domain and empower them in an effort to politically or economically undermine your adversary? Is there a potential for backlash?
- Do you seek to take advantage of social or economic divisions within your rival’s domain in an effort to politically or economically undermine your adversary? How certain are you that encouraging dissent will weaken, rather than strengthen, your rival’s hand?
- Do you dispatch envoys to China in an effort to monopolize the export of goods such as silks, spices, and exotic herbs? Who will you send?
Trading on the Silk Road is understandably a gruesome task to satiate the elite demands with their requirements ranging from spices to other luxury items (Comas et al. 2011). From all the events that have taken place over the trading, sometimes it feels that the goods specifically reserved for the elite access should be made available to a broader audience and in this turn, should make the business grow freely against the challenges from the native and foreign competitors.
Being a trader on Silk Road from China, my prerogative is to usurp the silk trade from the powerful as well as cutthroat competition (Hershey, 2015). The elimination of middle men is the first hand requirement for getting access to the caravan hubs in the Central Asia for the cause of leveraging business growth using the profits earned from the trading job. As diplomacy has run out of its goodwill, the only way viable to make the idea happen can be termed as to cash on the social as well as economic divisions within the rival competitor’s domain for both politically as well as economically undermine the adversary power (James, 2011). The loopholes must be hit on and in this cause, specialized elite forces can come to as big help in cutting down on the rival’s authority for this affair is costly task and the involvement of the elite merchants would prevent the incurring of wrath of the already existing heavily taxed subjects. The lack of negotiated settlement has allowed me to plan the usurp procedure in this sort-of unethical as well as illicit manner (Zagoria, 2009). The items solely reserved for the elite consumption and redistribution in order to solidify political alliances should be made available to large scale audience and this is the goal I cherish at the end of this business venture that is in no way less than an adventure.
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