China’s Quick Fix Taking Longer than Expected

By Agence France Presse at 1:00 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Tensions within Bloc 1 began to rise as the Viceroy of Liangguang and Imperial Commissioner pressed their agendas to deal with opium addiction.

The Imperial Commissioner suggested that drastic measures are the best way to curb opium addiction. Drawing inspiration for the Leader of the Canton Cohong, he proposed to introduce a program to curb opium addiction, where the government would send addicted individuals to rehabilitation camps and force them into the military.

Contrarily, the Viceroy of Liangguag argued that individuals forced into the military are untrustworthy, and more susceptible to betraying China. Moreover, the Viceroy emphasized the ginormous population of opium addicts residing in China, and the fact that many could remain addicted once they entered the military.

The most simple resolution to deal with opium addiction within China was said to be taxing addicts. Yet once again the Viceroy foresaw dangers in such plans, such as people revolting.

Once again, the proposal for negative reinforcement was brought up by the Imperial Commissioner, however this time for only opium dealers. Yet in the end, the Bloc was reluctant to implement any further actions.

Would this be the quick fix which China needs to save its people from addiction, reinforce its military or even maintain its economy?

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