The decline in commerce abroad has been mirrored by falls in consumer spending at home as figs stockpile bricks. Most Lego Republic firms are no longer trading with businesses based in the Empire of Legoland and the PBR due to diplomatic tensions and concerns over minifig rights. Coupled with a long-term decrease in economic activity throughout 2015, the latest nosedive in trading has harmed the economy considerably.
Sources within the Department of Foreign Affairs, though, indicate that the LR will be ready to invest in the PBR once the country makes meaningful progress towards democracy. With elections coming this winter, it seems that this rapprochement will happen soon.
Several labor unions, dismayed by stagnant wages this year, have gone on strike during the past month, leading to further economic malaise. Dozens of minifigures in the construction industry have walked off the job, bringing all building projects to a screeching halt. In a literally brick-built economy driven by construction, this has only exacerbated the economic problems settling in throughout the LR. In a fitting metaphor for the state of the government, the National Gallery of Art sits half-completed in the center of Bricksburg. Intended to be a crown jewel of the capital, the Gallery work site has been dormant since the construction strike began.
MP Pauline Durham, the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party, declared that the economic problems will help her party in upcoming elections.
"The current recession is a result of fiscally irresponsible Liberal Democratic Party rule. We need to cut taxes, reduce unnecessary regulation, and help minifigures find jobs and bricks. I am confident that with your help, we will win next week, take back Bricksburg, and get minifigs back to work!"
Parliamentary elections have been set for January 2, just after the Christmas holiday.