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The Empire discourages casual tourism and travel, citing concerns about invasive species and ecosystem contamination. Instead, they do a great deal to encourage armchair traveling, and intra-city personal correspondence.
Every city releases a series of collectible, educational cards, often exchanged via Empire Post. These are reproductions done by local guild artists, with a paragraph or two of trivia on the back of each. Inexpensive to buy and mail, students often begin collecting them in their early forms. Some Geographic Sciencecards are rare, and may be numbered or signed by the artists, others are mass-printed and worth very little. They are sturdy enough to survive being mailed, and usually (but not always) in color. A poststamp showing that a sciencecard was mailed from the city of origin within a month of release increases its collector value considerably.
Other science schools also produce sciencecards with art and trivia, but the Geographic Sciencecards are the most popular and collectible.
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