IN a campaign game as Madagascar, everything was going along nicely. I had eliminated the the National Debt, a large supply of cash on hand, new military blueprints (primairily for old Chinese stuff, but hey, i'm in Africa), a growing military might (of course, sceptics might wonder what Madgascar hoped to accomplish with a large land force but a navy that couldn't hope to be more than practice targets for South Africa and a non-existant airforce--well, i think i may have had some Hips and Hoplites
), a flourishing export trade, hard-bribed alliances with Kenya and Tanzania, and i was even making headway into reducing the high inflation. My main activities were to try and persuade Tanzania (run by Burundi, if i rememebr the capital right) to part with its unused offshore oil fields so i could palliate my chronic petroleum shortage (although i didn't need it for energy production, just for people's cars and the military), and of course sending the odd wadd of cash or stockpile of AK-47s to Namibia, for their ongoing war with the scary RSA. In other terms, Madagascar was definately on the way up.
Then something happened; although the high inflation was finally being checked and had begun lessening, the productions costs started killing the economy, and overnight the cash reserves started dwindling. But what was strange was that these production costs amounted to three times
the combined domestic sales and trade (im)balance, even though I had massive profit margins on both the domestic and international markets. It was when my advisors started telling of a critical shortage in agriculture that i got wind of something untoward; Malagasy agriculture was a success story, and a major export sector. How then could i fail to meet domestic demand, an insignificant fraction of production?
Investigating the Ag sector i found the answer: most of the aforementioned vast production was disapearing. Thousands of tonness of grains and whole herds of livestock were vanishing without leaving a trace. Out of a daily production of (IIRC) 220k tonnes, the total of domestic sales, foreign sales and stocks ammounted to maybe 40K tonnes--and sometimes less, even zero on some days. So, at least 180k tonnes were being wasted each day, and i suspect a similar situation in other industries.
So, can anyone here tell me:
1) why this happens
2) what this represents
3) how to prevent this
and 4) who i can shoot as punishment for this!