“And quite a game it’s been, YaNeeda! Over 350 years of grueling competition starting back with the birth of mercantilism. Remember, that’s the economic theory that encourages continual growth, the exploitation of resources, and the accumulation of wealth. Now centuries later, six finalists remain: the twins – Norm Amarrickah and Seth Amarrickah,
Al Frica, Ollie Stralia, A. Sheeahh, and Uri Uppe.
“Let’s review the rules YaNeeda. In the popular Jenga home game, wooden pegs are stacked making a tall tower. Contestants remove the blocks one-by-one and restack them on top, building the tower higher and higher. But BE CAREFUL! Because if your move causes the tower to collapse, YOU LOSE!
“Now, in Ultimate Jenga, the building blocks aren’t wooden pegs. They include a variety of resources like fertile top soil and clean air and water, healthy rainforests, and vibrant wildlife preserves. When a contestant removes a block from the base of the Earthtower that resource-block converts into consumer goods. Those goods are placed at the top making life more comfortable and convenient for that contestant.
“How do you see this match shaping up YaNeeda?” “Well Dewey, I gotta say, that is SOME tower! In 350 years life has improved immeasurably for these finalists. But some analysts are beginning to wonder if this pace can be maintained indefinitely. And the big question on everyone’s mind - Will the Earthtower hold? How many foundation blocks can be removed before…but look, play is about to resume. Let’s see if Norm Amarrickah can hold on to the comfortable lead he leveraged 100 years ago.”
That night, several coaches were seen circling the base of the Earthtower, their flashlight beams probing for signs of weakness. Rumors were beginning to circulate that some contestants might drop out or even recycle some of the top tower pieces to shore up cracks in the base. One coach was heard to say, “Even if it’s not my player that causes the collapse, once someone slips up and the tower goes, we all go down with it. Then where will we play? This is the only game in town. We’re here forever… Earth(tower)bound.” (Exciting “World Cup” Conclusion Next Time!)