Once upon a time, not so very long ago,
there was a Peaceful Kingdom. The
people of this peaceful kingdom believed with all their hearts that theirs was the most wonderful kingdom in the whole wide world.
In many ways the people who lived in the
Peaceful Kingdom were right. They
enjoyed a standard of living unmatched in
most of the world. They were able to have
large homes full of 60 inch high density
televisions with integrated media
players and lavish sound systems that
put listeners right in the orchestra pit.
There was a car in almost every garage
and maybe an extra one or two in the
driveway. Many of the cars were gas
guzzlers because the peaceful kingdom
people did not have to worry much about
numbers on the gas pump.
Everything was pretty wonderful in the
Peaceful Kingdom until a few bad things
Some of the people in the other kingdoms
saw how well the people in the Peaceful
Kingdom lived and wanted to live the
same way. Some of them began to sell
their Stuff to other people besides the
people of the Peaceful Kingdom because
they could get more money and have some
of the good things that the Peaceful
Kingdom people had.
This made prices go up in the Peaceful
Kingdom. The Peaceful Kingdom people
were hit with massive inflation,
depressions, and their balance of trade
went down so they wound up with a
terrible National Debt. The National
Debt ate up people's homes and caused
Many fierce Politicians donned shining
armour and went forth to fight the
National Debt. Most slunk away into
obscurity with dents in their armour,
after terrible battles with the National
Debt. Some of them committed political
suicide, or went into Real Estate.
Once in a while a particularly fierce
politician rose to prominence when they
seemed to be winning against the
National Debt, but it usually turned out
that they were secretly feeding the
National Debt. This discovery generally
resulted in a political bloodbath.
Then an even worse thing happened in
the Peaceful Kingdom. There was a
nasty massacre that hit the media like a
too-ripe tomato. Then there were more
right afterward. The media were all
dripping and gooey with little seeds
The fierce politicians were at each others
throats. Some of them wanted to take
everyone's lances away. Some wanted to
shorten the lances and make everyone do
extra paperwork to keep them. Some
wanted to make everyone carry lances.
Some wanted to put all the lances into the
The idea of putting all the lances into the
National Debt became very popular with
the Peaceful Kingdom People, so they
passed a law to do that. The Peaceful
Kingdom People thought that this
solution would make the National Debt
go away so they would be able to get their
homes and jobs back.
The National Debt simply ate up all the
lances and grew even bigger. It engulfed
fierce politicians and their constituents
alike. It took office itself and began to
run the country. It used drones that had
been used in other kingdoms, in the
Peaceful Kingdom against the people
there. It increased taxes and slashed
budgets right and left and grew anyway.
The people of the Peaceful Kingdom
groaned in misery. "We have become as
poor as the worst kingdoms!" They said,
"We are nothing but slaves! The
National Debt gobbles up our most
beautiful maidens and handsome young
men and fierce politicians!"
There was not much the people of the
Peaceful Kingdom could do because their
lances were all gone. They tried
attacking the National Debt with farm
implements and rocks and sticks and even
bags full of poop, but nothing worked.
They all had to become poor but honest
woodcutters and shovel stuff in the
political stables and other scatological
stuff like that.