- Published: October 31, 2021
- Updated: October 31, 2021
- University / College: Université du Québec
- Level: Middle School
- Language: English
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Any targeted individuals that dared to venture in the domains of their forest home would, of course, have all of their goods, money, and possessions confiscated by the band of merry men.
Rich merchants and tax collectors were getting weary of traveling through the forest; revenues for his men were down. Since the band of merry-men was exceeding the food capacity of the forest, Robin had devised a new strategy to secure enough resources to feed his growing band:
To require the payment of fixed a “toll tax” from every individual traveling through his domain
Instead of confiscating everything he would instead, allow safe passage of passengers and cargo for a fixed transit tax. The problem was that the band of merry-men was proud of their tradition of “rob from the rich, and give to the poor” so there was enormous resistance to changing their ways.
Instead of the previous fixed toll option, a better more sustainable long term strategy would be:
To first downsize the size of his organization 30-40%
Robin could change his resource requirements if he downsized the size enough to not exceed the resource capacity of the forest and surrounding countryside:
Robin then could pursue a more attractive strategy of only charging their fixed toll fee to the tax collector, rich merchants, and wealthy individuals
Local farmers, poor, or common townsfolk would not be required to pay any toll since Robin knew that the poor were their most powerful allies. Under this new operating strategy, their band of merry men would only accept voluntary donations from the farmers and poor individuals in order to help their cause.