I heard a report today about the fact that several German regions are issuing their own 'Micro Currencies'. According to he report, this promotes the local economy by keeping the currency local. It also said that one key factor is that this currency is constantly and purposefully being devalued as it ages (i.e. individual notes are dated and they are devalued against the Euro as they age). This promotes people to spend the currency quickly after they recieve it. Now, I thought this was interesting: First, because it's a currency that is constantly effectly causing inflation - each note buys less as time goes on. Also, I'd be interested in know who exactly is issuing this currency and how is it being backed? Anybody know anything about it?