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23rd November
written by Tom Banaszewski

Once upon a time there was a young boy, trapped in a grown-up’s body, who longed to be a king. He worked hard each day to defeat his neighboring enemies, but each time the young boy and his civilization fell victim to a civilization with more advanced technology. The young boy consulted his advisors, near and far, on how to become a king. They told the young boy who longed to be king that he should concentrate his efforts early on to rush to produce an army of horsemen and to lead these horsemen to defeat nearby barbarian tribes, thus reaching veteran status. An army of experienced horsemen would stand a good chance of quickly eliminating a beginning civilization’s few cities. The young boy who longed to be king agreed with his advisors and set about to put this strategy to the test.

Day after day, the young boy who longed to be king trained his horsemen armies and sent them to sack the capital citiy of the Mongols, but he was not fast enough. They had already developed a stronger archer army. He would need to wait, develop a more advanced technology, such as catapults and then launch an attack. But soon the Greeks and Zulus sent their emissaries to see if the young boy who longed to be king was willing to pay them tribute. With his catapult attack repelled by the Mongols, the young boy had to agree to a peaceful co-existence with his neighbors. The young boy surrounded the Mongol capital city with an army of knights and catapults and then left alone while he prepared for the ensuing clash with the Zulus who had quickly surpassed his civilization’s technology. The young boy who longed to be king showed signs of his capability to expand his empire quickly with wise placement of his cities in areas that were protected by mountains and rivers. The Greeks were able to cross a narrow stretch of land to enter the young boy’s expanding empire, but he soon placed a choke-point city and fortified it with several horsemen armies. The Zulus were a short boat trip from the shores of the young boy’s prospering cities. He prepared for their impending invasion by stationing riflemen in his coastal cities. These he knew were effective in shooting down the fighter planes that the Zulus were first to develop and would soon send in waves to attempt to crumble his empire.

As the young boy who longed to king and his empire entered the modern era, it was a battle between two technologically advanced civilizations. The Zulus had the enormous and powerful bomber planes, but instead of building a squadron of these he attempted to spread his civilization to every available piece of land. Cities filled with the once great African warriors began to pop-up on nearby islands. The young boy who longed to be king continued his strategy of having most of his cities focus on science, thus maintaining a short technology advantage over the Zulus. With this, the young boy who longed to be king loaded a trio of spies aboard a fleet of battleships and sent them across the waters to the shores of the largest Zulu city. The spies were protected by an army of advanced infantry and easily stole the Zulu’s great scientist Albert Einstein and their great builder Henry Ford. With these great people now working for his empire, the young boy was able to up-grade all of his military units. Victory was in sight. The Mongols fell to an attack of tank armies. The Zulus and Greeks could not keep the young boy from attaining his glory. And when the young boy who longed to be king was finally crowned, he knew as all wise kings who ruled before him knew, that “all glory is fleeting.” But he would savor it while he could.

Long live the king.

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