Chapter 36: Trade Route
It is extremely challenging to conduct trade on the wasteland .
The endless amount of bandits along with the unsuspecting mutants made the establishment
of a proper trade route between survivor camps almost impossible . Only camps in close
proximities could establish stable trade routes .
Some famous trade routes include the one established between Liuding and the Beer Can
Company . Both parties even sent out some of its forces to create supplying stations along the
way to reinforce firepower . These supplying stations would often assign a strike force to
provide protection to the merchants along the trade route .
The development of these trade routes are the symptoms of the difference between production
capability and technology level among survival camps .
The tale that Liuding Town is a aircraft carrier is something unheard of . The aircraft carrier
was previously known as Bohai which broke down in the harbor after the nuclear explosion .
Due to various reasons, it was abandoned after the war and was only utilized by the survivors
after the apocalypse . They modified the carrier with "illegal" upgrades which made the vessel
not even close to resembling a ship . It would be more fitting to call it a platform . The absolute
safety of the ship allowed it to become the haven primarily for the entertainment industry and
secondarily for the high-tech industry .
Don’t be mistaken . The Beer Bottle Company also did not produce beer bottles, it is a survival
base focused on heavy industrial production .
The base is located at the Wanghai City’s rural port near the heavy industrial park . Not only is
this place capable of producing the missiles used in the electromagnetic cannon onboard, but it
also has the capacity to manufacture high-tech guided missiles . The capacity is however
limited, with most of the raw materials collected from waste .
Of course, all this information is outside of the context .
“To open the new market at Wanghai City, I plan to establish a supply station here . In fact, I am
planning this already . We are currently extremely lacking in the force and equipment
necessary . The corporate headquarter provided me with the order to gather all help onsite . We
are going to invest all first-year profit into the construction of the supply station . Population,
equipment, firearms are three points we need to discuss . Also another point, I don’t want
criminals without a guarantee in their personality .
[“Supply station?” Why don’t you establish it in the Sixth Street? We can provide the best
security for your business . ] Zhao Chenwu slightly raised his eyebrows as he asked the question
in his mind .
Regardless, the explanation was convenient and convincing at the same time .
Zhao Chenwu thought momentarily before he opened his mouth .
“The workforce is not a problem . In general, the labor force in the ghetto remains excessive
even to this day . Although on paper it is prohibited to sell non-criminals . . . ” a mischievous
smile flashed across Zhao Chenwu’s face, “ . . . if there are not a lot of people, I can create some
accidents and make them part of the tradeable population . ”
Rules are set by people . Therefore there are always ways to exploit within the rules as long it is
within reason .
Jiang Chen nodded .
“Not a lot, I think 30 should suffice . ”
30 people compared with a population over ten thousand is like a drop of water in the vast
ocean . No one would use 30 people as an excuse to attack him, Zhao Chenwu immediately
agreed to the proposition .
“As to the necessary equipment . I included everything on this list . ” Jiang Chen smiled as he took
out an electronic card and gently put it on the table .
These graphene produced cards could store up to 12 gigabytes of full-sensory information . It
could be charged directly under the sun which made it incredibly easy to use . The Sixth Street
market sold it for a low price .
Zhao Chenwu accepted the card . He didn’t seem bothered as he clicked the start button on the
left side . A list appeared in front of his eyes .
“Anti-corrosive Concrete Mixer, Nanotube Generator, Graphene Cutting Bed . These should be
okay . There are some stored within the Sixth Street storage . I'll just use Zhao Corporation's
name to purchase it . However, the Firearm Production Line and the Nanochip Production Bed . "
A puzzled look appeared on Zhao Chenwu's face . "These type of goods are difficult to obtain .
Firearm-related production is strictly prohibited to be sold at any survival base . The Nanochip
Production Bed is not only massive and difficult to transport, even if you purchased it, without
some technical background, nothing would be manufactured from the machine . "
Zhao Chenwu didn't lie . The Nanochip has a comprehensive application, especially in the
production of full-sensory equipment which will be critical to entering the full-sensory
computer market . However, to produce the Nanochip, a series of accompanying production
lines were necessary . The nano-sized silicon board must be cut by a high precesion machine .
Jiang Chen touched his chin as he thought for a moment .
Since both parties managed to come to an agreement in the trade, they entered the discussion
phase in regards to the details of the deal .
After a careful deliberation, the details of the agreement were finalized . The female assistant
named Su Lei professionally produced the electronic agreement and handed Jiang Chen and her
boss a copy each . After Jiang Chen had examined the items were consistent in the deliberation,
he pressed his thumb onto the contract . Zhao Chenwu was confident in his assistant’s ability as
he only scanned the document for a few seconds before stamping it with his fingerprint .
When two genetic ID appeared on the electronic contract, it symbolled the enactment of the
contract . It was rather symbolic because business ethics were not enforced within the
apocalypse . The key to honoring the agreement was profit for both parties .
The fruit cans were priced at 30 crystals, the meats varied between 10-20 crystals based on its
composition, and the crackers sold at 1 crystal per piece . The price of the goods was not higher
only because Jiang Chen was planning to sell in bulk quantities . An item was valued in
proportion to its rarity . When Jiang Chen sold the 20 cans, the high price of 50 crystals was well
justified . However, since a stable trade agreement was signed, there would be a continuous
supply of the canned food . Hence, such high price would not be seen anymore .
The price was certainly not cheap, the hefty price tag was still five times the cost of mutant
beef . He would also have to adjust the sale price if he sold through retail . If the price were
higher, even the rich would not be able to afford it .
The different types of equipment Jiang Chen needed had a different cost . The Anti-Corrosive
Concrete Mixer only costed 300 crystals, whereas the Graphene Cutting Bed had a price of
11,000 crystals, which was the price after a small discount from the market price .
The Sixth Street’s mass produced Destroyer Rifle was sold at 20 crystals each . The efficient
assault was part of NATO’s standard weaponry . It used the same 7 . 62mm bullet as the PK200
Jiang Chen used . The gun was weaker overall but made up it in the stability category which
meant it has an advantage in man-to-man combat . Jiang Chen bought 40 of them, along with
some heat sensor grenades and EMP grenades . The price offered by Zhao Chenwu made Jiang
Despite the good being exchanged at the Sixth Street, Jiang Chen didn’t want to make a trip
down every single time . He would have no time to do anything else except to trade goods . Jiang
Chen didn’t have any concerns as he drew a line on the full-sensory map . It was the safe
underground sewer map he explored .
The usage of the underground sewer system as a mean to trade goods was common in the
apocalypse . This world’s Wanghai city had a robust drainage system that made the tunnel wide
enough to pass a car . It would only take some modifications along the way with some of the
alley passes blocked to build a golden highway for trading . The only drawback was that the
tunnels were not entirely compatible with the ground routes, therefore not every survival base
had the privilege of using this kind of trade route .
Zhao Chenwu was ecstatic when he heard that an underground sewer tunnel connected with
Jiang Chen’s base . He gladly took on the deed to modify this route . Jiang Chen didn’t want to
owe a favor, and since the intention of trade was to benefit both parties, Jiang Chen also
provided 1,000 crystals to fund the project .
Modification work was not complicated . A few pieces of high-density polyethylene and
aluminum compound boards would seal all alleys in the tunnel . This type of material was not
only light but also durable . Even vicious mutant creatures like the Death Claw could not destroy
it . Both parties controlled the entrance of the tunnel . Zhao Chenwu sent out his force to secure
the tunnel at the Sixth Street side whereas Jiang Chen was responsible for establishing a station
on his side . This ensured the safety and security of the route . The exits were entirely blocked to
prevent any bandits from entering the tunnel .
In the future, the traded goods would be exchanged near Jiang Chen’s end of the tunnel . The
After the completion of the trade, Jiang Chen not only acquired all the necessary products and
equipment, he had 210 crystal left over . Zhao Chenwu without hesitation ensured Jiang Chen he
would deliver everything to his door . Jiang Chen didn’t refuse the proposition .
The storage dimension’s size was limited . Since the production equipment was large, it would
be unsafe to travel through the underground tunnel multiple times .
The negotiation was successful . After he had managed to sign a big deal like this, Zhao Chenwu
was ecstatic . He extended an invitation to Jiang Chen to visit the Sixth Street’s industrial area
and his properties inside . Jiang Chen gladly accepted the invitation as he came along with his
personal ride .
The ambitious leader that possessed one-tenth of the Sixth Street . How much power does he
possess here? Jiang Chen was curious to find out . Since his partner wanted to show off his
power, Jiang Chen had no reason to refuse .