Anymore games on my PC, and I'd *never* get any work done, lol. But have fun with it, Pirran.
Mmm, Starbucks. Reminds me of "McWorld" or the idea of McDonald's being just about everywhere. I ended up writing my paper about the seemingly good intentions leading states had out of the Bretton Woods conference, installing international institutions such as the IMF and WTO, which were meant to open markets and "help" developing and weaker states industrialize and prosper, but ultimately led to worsened conditions in these countries, based on political theory by John Ikenberry and Lloyd Gruber. Faced with complete exclusion, developing and weaker states took part in these institutions, and all have become worse off because the leading states push free-market democracy on them in a short time span, which no democratic state today has ever accomplished. I found a lot of really good sources, too, which recorded the increasing amount of global inequality, especially in regards to GDP per capita. Apparently, the IMF among other organizations has been releasing results based on overly-optimistic, inaccurate data.
The great powers and the superpower (U.S.) need to realize that not everything can be solved with free-market democracy, and they need to stop "guiding" the supposedly helpful organizations like the IMF, World Bank, and WTO to this end. Of course, from their perspective, if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
I heard about this thing called microcredit (idea of Muhammad Yunus) that started in Bangladesh, in which regular people dispense small loans (from $12 to a couple hundred dollars) to the poorest of the poor to start small businesses (crafts, dairy sales, etc.). Apparently it has an amazing success rate and only 1-4% of a default rate... So, contrary to banks' beliefs, apparently the poorest of the poor *can* pay back loans.
Anyway... how's *that* for off-topic?!