Stocks had no monetary value, and weren't redeemable for anything.
That said, we pretended that they did have a value. Mostly, this
is a way of showing that things fluctuate in real life--that
your community may get better or worse depending on what community
members do, and depending on what the government does. And on what
you as an invidual do.
Think of it as a game.
Or as a metaphor.
At any rate, during the
year the project was active, we tracked things that affected each
of the three causes (Community; the Environment; and the Arts),
and changed the value of the stocks accordingly.
You can read about all
of these actions and new items in the "community forum"
or "stock reports" section.