While getting my monthly bank statement along with the expected junk mail, I was once again reminded of the game and how much they want you to keep playing. Same as those letters that say you’re pre-approved for exclusive deals with 0% interest for a year. Only that you get no fancy clown with it, but a bunch of numbers.
The Game – I’m going to be naive and say, aren’t they supposed to explain the rules of any game? A battle ensues in order for one party to defeat the other one. Fine. However, according to the District there is no real need to properly explain the rules to both parties. One of the parties may be fully knowledgeable of the rules while a complete newbie might be oblivious to them. Such is the case of the main character in C who gets suckered into the world of the Financial District because of a messenger from the organization who btw, doesn’t bother to go over the details.
Money goes in and out – Eerily looking, the messenger’s role is similar to a regular bank or to a loan shark. The process is that a person asks for money the other party gives that person money with hopes that they will pay the money back (and possibly with some interest) It goes without saying that the shadier the business the bigger the risks. District is shady. What is the interest? IRL, this would be a percentage of the money borrowed in a deal worked out by the bank and the person. In [C] a player would put his future as collateral in order to get in the game. This leads to the following question.
What exactly determines how his “future” going to look like? From a long array of possibilities a normal may have a “successful” future to an “average” one to finally a poor one. The odds of that person being successful is determined by what he will do in life, that is however at that point currently not known, the District would be forced to make a guess of a person’s future is worth. Isn’t that a rather rash assumption to make? Of course, the catch is that the player loses everything when he is defeated thus, this is the possibly the moment the District comes to take their cut.
Black money – Thinking of an analogy, the black money sounded a lot to me like counterfeit money (either being the case or not). Real money and fake money look similar and sometimes they are easy to tell one from the other. The surprising thing is the organization has managed to passed their money as normal money and make it flow around. Normal people can’t tell they’re using “Midas money” and to them this black money from Midas is real money. Only people who have gone to the exclusive center can tell the place where this black money comes from know.
So if no one notices the change then doesn’t it mean that this money is valid? Assuming I don’t notice a fake bill and I receive it then later proceed to use said bill, then what did I just do? Technically, the process is the same because money comes in and out as quick as we’re willing to spend it giving the no one realizes the mistake. The black money earned (note) can be used and it can be invested in the real world. Opposite to fake money which would be detected and destroyed the money from the organization goes undetected by the rest of the world almost as it is actual money becoming real money according to the rest of the world. The greater question would be the validity of the money and where does it all come from? Seeing that they are not the same it’d heavily implied that is money directly from Midas itself and maybe it has a value equivalent to real money but serving as the currency of the surreal world, which is possibly gotten from the players themselves.
Surreal Financial District – Thinking back on this, prior to the events the main was oblivious to the existence of the surreal Financial District Game. What guarantees that these games hadn’t been since long before the main character knew? Or something close to it? This organization has been active part of the economy in that city (and likely the world) they’ve helped and destroyed repeating the cycle of benefiting one and the other. Leading to the question where does the money come from? If the organization is able to loan other people money it means they possess vast amount of money and similarly has access to large amount of money themselves and use their already existing money as collateral to get more money, which endlessly flows and flows. For what?
Because there has to be winner one of the sides loses and that loser goes bankrupt and the system comes to collect their cut in any way they see fit. What exactly does the District gain from this? From the organization’s point of view there is no reason to recklessness involve others in the game unless they are necessary to the game as players. According to it they are assets and therefore have values which they put on the line against others in order to win big or lose everything. The assumption would be the Financial district would be the game board, as the means, where they players put their lives as collateral. The game board is the tool therefore not usually under any risks. In monopoly the game most of the time never runs out of money while the players are the first one to go bankrupt before the bank does. The District is monopoly’s bank.
How does The Financial District pay the players? My guess is that the most of the money comes from the loser’s which presumably constitutes the great majority of the money.
As to for what purpose the District is having these ‘Deals’ in the first place and why are they giving regular people these chances are what remains not clear. So while a group solely uses the money for personal uses, the other uses to invest and be part of the bigger scene. That would be the case for business people such as Soichiro who are using this game to make money go to him, his company, and allies’ way. The Financial district’s motive remains unclear. Possibly, the District is trying to rearrange the way money is distributed in the world for a greater purpose.
The Financial District is likely unbreakable, that is, unless for the loophole when they go bankrupt themselves, no one wants to play, and they are unable to keep playing. Ah, Monopoly is over. Or is it really?