Why does everything need elemental shards and crystals? There are no recopies you can just create without this crap? Crafting needs a work order system, levels aren't enough, it needs something you can do to not only give you practice, but experience, a steady flow of it.
Crystals were always need for synthesis in FFXI, it makes sense that they are in FFXIV. I believe they are supposed to be thought of as a kind of catalyst.
The USSR failed because it was a dictatorship using communism as a legitimization tool
Communism can't work in human society, period. Here are some reasons:
-In communism everyone gets an equal share of everything. Who is going to be the brain surgeon if the burger flipper, the janitor, and the cashier all get the same resources? They can't give the brain surgeon more or it's not weighing everyone equally and thus not communism.
-The human mind is infected with greed. This is why capitolism works well, people strive for things. Because of greed people are willing to do whatever it takes to make more money, this gives the population initiative to work hard.
-Change. Nothing can ever stay the same, all things must change, especially governments. For a communism to work it needs to stay the same.
-Free will. In a communism the people can't have a say in the government because if they did it would get twisted into something that's not a communism very easily, because in communism if you change certain things it can easily become something else, like a socialism.
That's enough rambling from me, I know it's opionion but I feel like it all makes sense.
-In theory- Communism -could- work in a small enough country. It does have many obstacles like those you pointed out. THEORETICALLY though, in a small society of people, pooling wealth could work. To take some very very small scale examples:
In some restaurants, the busboys, waitresses, bartenders, etc all collect their tips and divide them evenly at the end of the night. Assuming they all get paid the same too, this is essentially a very small version of communism.
Expand that to a small township, like something you'd see in Little House on the Prairie or something. If you have a small township of 100-200 that can sustain itself internally, then assuming no corruption (this is a huge stumbling block, but let's be idealist for a moment), it wouldn't be terribly difficult to make sure everyone gets the same amount of eggs, the same amount of milk, the same amount of chicken, the same amount of bread, etc. At a personal level, everyone would have to work on a barter system and any new costs (someone's car breaks down and needs a new engine, or their mattress needs to be replaced) would have to be equally absorbed by the entire community. Again, people don't generally like to pay for other people's stuff, but the knowledge is there that if your stuff is broken, everyone else chips in. A $200 piece of equipment for one person in a 200 person township costs everyone $1 each.
If you managed to institute this under the assumptions that people are honest about their production (and you don't have farmers hoarding extra eggs and selling them on the side or butchers hoarding extra beef and selling them on the side), it -could- work.
The problems are of course that corruption can cause problems, and that interactions outside of their society become difficult since the government would have to approve all external purchasing, sales and other expenditures. And as this society grows, human nature of greed becomes more rampant. People will begin hoarding their own personal stocks and reporting less output to keep more for themselves to barter with or have. Government starts skimming off of supplies and keeping it for themselves, and of course as a society grows to the point of needing skilled laborers, it's difficult to fill these positions. As a society grows, communism becomes harder and harder to maintain. Not impossible, but the ability to maintain it will become extremely low.
So theoretically communism is a plausible option on paper. It only doesn't work when it's not done correctly. And in history, it has -never- been done correctly.