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The Woolong (symbol: ₩) is the standard unit of currency in the Solar System.

Woolongs could be traded in physical paper notes[1][2] or digitally transferred with special devices.[3]

Poker chips had the Woolong symbol on them.[2]

It was typical of bounties to be in the amount of millions of Woolongs.[4][2][5] Consequently, an amount of 50 Woolongs was trivial.[6]

Background Edit

It seems that the 2071 Cowboy Bebop universe economy is based on digital cash, as Woolongs are rarely traded in physical form, such as in banknotes and coins.

The Woolong appears to be roughly at parity with the mid-1990s Japanese Yen, or slightly inflated. The latter might not be the case if we consider that the probable increased cost of consumer goods in a space-faring society. For instance, a watermelon in "Mushroom Samba" was ₩1000. Whereas in "My Funny Valentine", we see debts such as ₩30M for a house, and ₩7000 for pizza. In "Stray Dog Strut", the pet shop worker said that Ein could probably sell for only ₩200 (mistranslated as ₩2 in the English dub), since the Welsh Corgi is a common species.

If we assume the Woolong is at parity with the 1998 Japanese Yen, then conversion may be performed rather easily. A good rule of thumb would be to assume ₩1 is worth about 1¢ US, ½p, or a little less than €0.01.

Trivia Edit

  • presents Ethereum as the real-world Woolong. It previously featured Bitcoin as playing this role, and made the switch to Ethereum in December 2016.

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