Economists have confirmed that the Lego Republic is indeed experiencing a brick shortage, which has affected nearly every sector of the economy. The most important industries in the LR – tourism, agriculture, fishing, and luxury goods – have all reported losses for three straight quarters. Unemployment has now risen to 15 percent and could go even higher in the weeks ahead.
Protests in the streets of Bricksburg and other cities have become a common sight as minifigs around the country protest what they perceive to be an inadequate government response to the economic crisis. Many citizens are angry that the LR's economy is so dependent on international trade, with loud calls for greater protectionist measures. The three opposition parties, the Conservatives, Socialists, and the National Minifig Front, have all taken advantage of the economic climate, hoping for electoral gains early next month.
Elections have been postponed yet again by the Bricks administration and it seems more certain than ever that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to lose Parliament. In the meantime, though, the president has promised to pass a comprehensive stimulus bill to get the economy back on track. Time will tell if that can save her party's parliamentary majority.