In one country, the citizens could not trust their elected representatives; in the other country, they could.

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The Rise of Gambling in Gstan

In Gstan, the Casino Operators have banded together to devise a clever business plan to increase their business. Instead of competing with each other for the same number of gamblers, they collectively decide to market all their casinos to those citizens who are not gamblers. Working together, the Casino Operators create a long-term advertising campaign that shows gambling casinos as “the place to be,” “the place for fun and excitement,” and “the place where everyone else is.” Because Gstan is a free country, there is nothing to stop this advertising campaign.

But in Hstan

Casino Operators in Hstan see what their colleagues in Gstan are doing — and would like to do the same thing. “Not so fast,” say those trustworthy elected officials of Hstan, “we see some social problems that have been created because of gambling. If your vision of increasing the number of gamblers becomes reality, is it not unreasonable to expect the number of social problems is going to increase?”

Back in Gstan

Even though many citizens in Gstan see the logic behind Hstan’s directives, they are quite alarmed that Hstan passed laws to limit the freedom of Casino Operators to advertise. “Such a society,” they say while shaking their heads, “will eventually evolve into a totalitarian regime.”

Hstan: a Generation Later

While Gstan is falling (and please note that many citizens of Gstan will argue vociferously that their society is not falling), Hstan society is nearing the end of its 30-year plan to reduce gambling. Like Gstan, Hstan had its fair share of problem gamblers who were directly or indirectly causing other problems in society. But because the government of Hstan has been successful in creating an anti-gambling culture in Hstan society, fewer Hstan citizens are now gamblers — either recreational or addicted.

A Crisis Looms

For centuries, the Miners of Gstan and Hstan have been extracting coal in the West Mountains as their main source of energy. But this coal will be used up within a generation. If societal changes are not made, a generation from now Gstan and Hstan citizens will find themselves incapable of the same prosperity that the current generation has experienced.

When the Coal Runs Out

When the coal seams run out, Hstan already has a working system of solar collectors and wind generators. It also has hydrogen plants, hydrogen fuel cells, and large batteries for storing electricity for when weather is not favorable. Because of the decision made two generations ago to sideline the gambling casinos, Hstan’s society has the resources (in both the public and private sectors) to make these gradual changes without causing great hardship on the general citizenry. With the new electrical facilities built, this generation of Hstan citizens will enjoy even more prosperity than their parents and grandparents.


Two generations ago, Gstan and Hstan were very similar countries. Now they are very different. In one country, the citizens could not trust their elected representatives; in the other country, they could.

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