STRATAGEM: a suppressive game

As unfortunately not to be expected otherwise, a game to completely ignore all of today's opportunities to advance a developing country. A training in wrong concepts.



  The announcement


STRATAGEM | Simulation for sustainable development | AAI Salzburg

developed with Dennis Meadows (Club of Rome) strategic business game "Stratagem" simulates the (sustainable) development in an emerging country. The multidisciplinary and dimensional theme of sustainable development can thus be made tangible through direct experience. Location: AAI Salzburg, Philharmonikergasse 2, 10 am - 6 pm. Participants can gain insights into the relevant problems and connections, make their own decisions and experience the consequences of their actions, using a realistic and complex scenario. As a result, scope for action and different fields of actors are modeled and the respectively dominating compulsions to act, interests and resistances can be experienced.

  The beginning


On December 15, 2017 at 10:00 in the premises of the AAI were at 2 tables so gathered 13 participants, great surprise, on each table was a kind of board game, which reminded of a slightly larger Monopoli. Next game idea and rules were explained. The decisions of the government of a developing country are simulated over 50 years. The participants at each table should play 5 ministers and make decisions.

When I asked questions about the options for making decisions, it quickly became clear that this is not about sustainable development, but about conditioning the participants that sustainable development is not possible.

  Where is the country?


No answer was given, although the geographical situation has a decisive influence. But the high birth rate made it clear: it is an African country. In South America and Asia, the birth rates have fallen significantly, only Africa is there a regrettable exception.

  No control of energy


Where can I set different import tariffs for fossil energy and renewable energy production in this game? Nowhere! There is no design opportunity for the energy sector in this game.

  • different import duties
  • different taxes
  • State microcredit for certain products
  • Purchase promotion for specific products
  • Vehicle Registration Regulations - in China, two-wheel combustion vehicles are not eligible for registration in all major cities.
Everything you can do in the game: a budget to build a central power plant. But this is only after 2 government periods to 5 years, so finished 2 plays. Australia has just received a 100 MWh storage power plant from Tesla within 100 days.

To build central fossil power plants in a sunny developing country is criminal stupidity. Central fossil power plants have a lot of disadvantages:
  • The electricity is too expensive
  • The necessary distribution network is too expensive
  • The investment comes only after many years to bear.
But you immediately need electricity for education. OLPC or other cheap computer. Since it is not to wait until the central power plant is finished, the line is laid to the village. Incidentally, too damn expensive. The medium-voltage line to the village, the medium-voltage transformer, which costs hundreds of thousands of euros, where decentralized solar systems are orders of magnitude cheaper.

There is no energy price development in this 20 year old game. The price of photovoltaic has fallen over 90% during this time. For oil is much more expensive than 20 years ago. Everything is negated in this game. Why? Because Dennis Meadows negated the possibilities of renewable energy as early as 1972, when he wrote the bible of the doomsday sect "Limits of Growth". Only from this negation of renewable energy could pseudo-scientific outgrowths arise like the "post-growth economy".

Post-growth economics and a new Record Lowest Price for Feeding Solar Power in Saudi Arabia at US $ 0.0179? Absolutely not fit together, can only be explained with a firm unwavering faith.

  The reaction of the participants


Is the game and its rules realistic? That's probably the first thing to question in every game. But the rest of the participants were not ready for that and probably indoctrinated for 8 hours with this systematic denial of renewable energy and all its benefits.



  2017 politics


Unfortunately, no problem solving skills are apparent to most politicians. On the contrary, the make problem worse skills are overwhelming

Black Friday: US attack on Syria
Is it possible to make a professing climatic change denier reason? No, Donald Trump shows that irresponsible handling of facts is a standard for him.


The 5th term of George W. Bush
Sometime in 2009, I wondered where is the difference between Barack Obama and George W. Bush. On April 7, 2017: Where is the difference between George W. Bush and Donald Trump?


Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations
What does dictator rocket man worry about the total destruction of North Korea? Nothing, because if he were concerned about the population, he would have already resigned.


US military budget US$ 700 billion
What could begin with totally superfluous US$ 600 billion military expenditures reasonable? This shows what a crime against humanity this budget is.


Trust and government
A government system can only act efficiently and bring about great change if it enjoys the confidence of the population.




Context description:  event events date time month 12 Dec December autumn fall winter 2017-12-15 Salzburg Strategem Dennis Meadows Club of Rome critic