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Chapter One

In the beginning there was Hunger. And Hunger was gnawing and persistent across the land.

And the People wondered if their great pain could ever be quelled.

But then one morning Hunter arose from the mist of the land. And Hunter said "Let there be more Food. I give to you a bountiful feast."

And the People saw that more Food was good.  Hunger was vanquished from the land.


But Hunter soon grew weary of his constant work. Hunter longed for Helpers who could carry his burden.

One day Hunter said to the People,

"Behold you can be Hunters too. For the animals of the field and the forest, are free for the taking. We need only out-smart them, as their wits are dull."
And the People saw that Hunter was wise and powerful beyond his years, because Hunter had invented weapons. And even more so, because Hunter had invented ways to multiply those weapons. So that no person need fear Hunger again.


And this multiplying of weapons, allowed Hunger to be held at bay all across the land.

And the People saw this was good. And they rested from their lifetimes of excessive toil.

The People knew prosperity and they spread across the lands.






Chapter Two

Many years passed. But the work of the Hunters was only just beginning.

Before long the dim-witted animals, grew weary of People -- even of People when viewed from afar.

Hunger once again returned to land.  Its voice now more anguished, than it once was before.  The People having once known plenty, could no longer well tolerate this return to great lack.

The People cried out for relief, but the elders had not the wisdom to lessen their plight.


But then one season Farmer arose from the dust of the land. And Farmer said "Let there be more Food. I give to you grains."

And the People saw that more Food was good.  Hunger was once again vanquished from the land.


But Farmer soon grew weary of his constant work. Farmer longed for Helpers who could work his fields.

One day Farmer said to the People,

"Behold you can be Farmers too. For the plants of the field and the meadow, are free for the planting. We need only replant the seed, as their roots are hardy, and their leaves abundant."
And the People saw that Farmer was wise and powerful beyond his years, because Farmer had invented the spade to loosen the ground, and the winnow to capture the seeds. And even more so, because Farmer had invented ways to multiply those tools of harvest. So that no person need fear Hunger again.


And this multiplying of harvests, allowed Hunger to be held at bay all across the land.  

And the People saw this was good. And they rested from their seasons of bothersome worries.

The People again knew prosperity and they started laying claims to the most arable lands.



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Chapter Ten

Many generations had passed. But the work of the Merchants was only just beginning.

Before long the dim-spirited workers, grew weary of the Paymasters -- even of the Paymasters who once showered them with gifts.

Joblessness once again returned to land. Its impacts now more widespread, than it once was in the time of Great Need.  The People having once known security, could no longer well tolerate this return to great doubts.

The People cried out for relief, but the Merchant Guild leaders had not the wisdom to lessen their plight.


But then during one jobless downturn, Banker emerged from the desperation of the villages. And Banker said "Let there be Credit. I give to you loans. Loans of coins, and tools, and planting seeds."

And the People saw that taking loans was better than starving. And the People became Debtors, often in great numbers. Afterall, what other choice did they have? Most of them had many mouths at home to feed.


But Banker soon grew greedy and lazy from all his tribute collecting. Banker longed for Penalties and Cohorts that could ease this constant chore.

So one festival, Banker said to his closest associates, from among the People,

"Behold you can be Debt-payment Collectors too.  For the needy and the naive of the village, are ripe for the harvesting.  What little they have, can soon become ours, as 'their eyes are quite often much bigger than their stomachs'."
And the people saw that Banker was quite fearsome and powerful, far beyond his frail frame, because Banker had invented Credit and the Seed-money for so many Merchants. And even more so, because Banker had invented ways to greatly multiply the wealth of the wealthy.

So that no person ever need fear Joblessness again. Afterall each Merchant would honor their village, with the offer of Jobs. As it had always has been since the times of the invention of Commerce.


And this multiplying of Storefronts allowed Jobs to be had all across the towns once more. And the people thought that this was good. And they resumed their toils, on the renewed hopes for the promised seasons of plenty. Sure to occur on some future day.

The people saw that Opportunities were good. And the people competed strongly in order to reach them. In order to keep them, once gotten.




And Banker sat back and smiled craftfully at the Wealth-Machine he had made.

And the Bankers Trust saw that this system was good. And extremely prosperous for them, beyond their wildest dreams.

And the Bankers rested from their craftiness, for after several decades of collecting -- they grew weary of all the counting.  

And the Bankers had banished all need, want, and Hunger, from all across the membership of their domain.







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