Chapter 41: “no money left folks”
As Virus # 26 rolled into countries in the First World they had little money or gold left in their treasuries after spending cast sums on propping up the social and economic system ravaged by the COVIDs. Most of it was spent to avoid a collapse of the social order and of the financial system during the COVIDs. What was left was used to keep a declining infrastructure operational. Roads, water, sanitation, police, transportation, hospitals, schools and the shaky food supply system.
The most damaging First World Virus # 26 implications was the inability to bring about any sort of effective social distancing or finance a propaganda system or keep the unemployed funded. Businesses were still running but as so many had no jobs to go to there was no money to support them or businesses for that matter.
With no social assistance to the unemployed desperation increased and so did crime and political extremism. However due to its deadly nature the virus reduced the number of people requiring subsidization. Its high kill rate reduced the burden on the state as there were many less people to support and provide social assistance to. There were the survivors and there were the dead and some that were trying not to be dead by ingesting the magic bullet cannabis.
What money there was still good but many of the wealthy throughout the world had made large purchases of gold bullion and coins should matters deteriorate.
Hospitals still operated and were crammed with the dying. Once you were infected there was a 99% chance you would be dead within 72 hours so most simply died in their homes realizing the hospital could do little for them but dope them up so they passed as peacefully as possible.
By 2031 a year 86% of Canada’s population was dead so the need for governmental support seemed far less needed the with the COVIDs. This high death rate in Canada was more or less the norm where cannabis was legalized but higher where it was not legal such as the majority of U.S. states.