Wilhelm at The Ancient Gaming Noob mentions that the Imperium (Goons, etc) have started issuing war bonds in Eve Online:
Then there was the fact that the Imperium began issuing war bonds to support the fight. This has been viewed by PAPI as a sign of weakness, a last desperate attempt to stay in the fight, a sign that we were on the brink. But it raised more than a trillion ISK in the first hours of issue, so it will sustain us for a bit. One billion ISK will buy you one bond with a return rate of 10% per year, with payments due on the first of the month. That one bond will earn you about 8.4 million ISK every time the first rolls around.
Spreadsheets in Space comes full circle!
These types of perpetual bonds are traditionally called Consols, famously issued by the British government from the 1700s to the early 1900s. An important financial mainstay of the Regency genre.
What's interesting to me is that the Imperium issued bonds at 10%, which is quite high. The British issued consols at 3-4%. Is the extra premium because it's a game? I confess I would have offered it at 6%, just to make the math easier (0.5% payment each month).
Also, if bondholders stop playing, then it's free money for the Imperium.
Of course, Eve being Eve, there's a reasonably large possibility that this is all a scam and the Imperium will default a year or two down the line.
I wonder if the Imperium will allow people to trade these bonds. Put it on the blockchain, Goons!