When playing the "Stick Game" with the kids, I always come up with laws that I would enact if I were in their place. Just in my head, mind you. Sometimes they do exactly what I thought to do, and sometimes they surprise me.
When we last played our game, a student had seceded from his table to form his own one-person table; they decided to reinstate the laws punishing people for stealing and making it so they could police each other on the matter; social welfare was in full effect stating that no table should ever have less than 20 sticks; taxes will come at 6 minute intervals instead of 10; and any table over 50 sticks had to pay 2 sticks per person in taxes instead of 1.
Things got heated when they realized that the one person table had a guaranteed 20 sticks no matter what, but only paid 1 stick in taxes. Someone tried to make the table minumum 5 sticks per person instead of 20 per table. If the single person table was poor by tax time, the might not have enough to pass any laws or pay to play the game. A huge debate ensued. There were tears. The class voted this out. Crisis averted.
This week they brought back the law saying that every team gets 10 sticks for every correct answer. This was after I was giving handfuls of sticks to one table and 2 or 3 to other tables. Armed with this new more consistent income, they then changed the tax law so that every table paid 5 sticks in taxes regardless of how many people were at the table. It raised taxes for most tables, but the wanted to raise taxes to support the new income law. I actually hadn't thought of that, but it made sense for the game. It actually lowered taxes for the rich team, but they were no longer getting handfuls of sticks when they answered questions correctly. They are creating balance.
Little by little they are taking power away from me and working together to benefit each other. It's beautiful.