Hedgehog Kingdom was facing a housing crisis. As the population growth far outpaced new real estate development, many hedgehogs were left homeless and grumpy.
The King was desperate when three accomplished noble hedgehogs visited him and offered to help.
The first hedgehog was an influential banker. He told his banks to unconditionally grant loans to both developers and homeless hedgehogs, in hopes of boosting the supply as well as the demand market.
“I may never get the money back but that’s okay. That’s how much I’d do for my Hedgehog Kingdom,” declared the banker Hedgehog.
On the first day, many hedgehog citizens lined up outside the real estate agency offices. New keys kept going out.
A couple of days later, inflation hit and everything, including houses, became unbearably expensive. Doubtful about the future market, developers paused all new projects.
A week later, more hedgehogs lost their homes and ended up on the street. Some started getting sick and dying.
In tears, the anxious King looked to the other two noble hedgehogs and the second hedgehog stepped forward with a plan.
She was a well-respected statesman. Immediately, she drafted a number of bills and executive orders to enforce price cap and affordable housing programs for the homeless.
“What is the point of politics if politics can’t solve this?” declared the statesman hedgehog.
The approach seemed effective. The housing prices dropped. Soon, a large number of hedgehogs found their new homes.
However, discouraged by the price cap, no developers wanted to build any more. Gradually, all the ongoing constructions in the Kingdom stopped and many workers lost their jobs. On the other hand, the existing homeowners were furious that their home values took a nosedive. To hedge against losses, they formed funds to take advantage of the housing program and bought more homes at a steep discount.
The housing crisis was virtually evolving into a class warfare.
Seeing even more angry homeless and jobless hedgehogs on the street, demanding a revolution, the King collapsed on the floor and cried.
This time, the third noble hedgehog broke his silence. He’s a distinguished scientist.
“My King, I may have a solution.”
“Whatever you need. Please help your Kingdom.”
“I do not need anything,” replied the scientist hedgehog. “You supported me when I was a poor research fellow. I had not had a chance to showcase my research results until now. Now let me try.”
With the King’s permission, the scientist hedgehog added his potion to the Kingdom’s water source.
The next day, every citizen of the Kingdom woke up half their size. The kingdom instantly became twice as spacious and all the supplies practically doubled.
Now with every hedgehog having a place to stay and enough to eat and drink, they gathered in front of the King’s Palace to hear him speak.
“Oh, my Lord, look at him, he’s so big!”
The citizen hedgehogs gaped at their king, who didn’t drink the scientist’s water and remained his body size.
“That’s our king, the one and only. That’s God’s will.”
The crowd cheered.
The bottom-tier conflicts, money might be helpful.
The mid-tier conflicts, politics could play an important role.
But then from there, good or bad, technology is the only true solution.