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  Number of versions: 2

  Edition: August 21, 2002
  Update: March 30, 2009

Map of Latvia.As far as is known there has never been any inland Monopoly-like game manufactured and it is Parker/Hasbro who introduced the Monopoly game in this country, like in the other Baltic states, not until 2001. Of course the streets and stations are those of its capital Riga. Already a few years later, in 2008, Ralph Anspach's Anti-Monopoly was launched in this country as well.

From Starts on all properties are:

Maskavas iela
- Sabiedriskais fonds (Community Chest) - Deglava iela - Ienakuma nodoklis (Income Tax) - Dzelzcela stacija "Ziemelblazma" (Station) - Pernavas iela - Iespeja (Chance) - Karla Ulmana gatve - Pulkveza Brieza iela - Cietuma/Apmeklejums (In Jail/Just visiting) - Stabu iela - Elektroapgade - Matisa iela - Krasta iela - Dzelzcela stacija "Zasulauks"  - Tallinas iela - Sabiedriskais fonds -  Kr. Barona iela - Gertrudes iela - Bezmaksas laukumins (Free Parking) - Dzirnavu iela - Iespeja - Elizabetes iela - Terbatas iela - Dzelzcela stacija "Janavarti" - Kr. Valdemara iela - Brivibas iela - Udensapgade (Water Works) - Caka iela - Dodieties uz cietumu (Go to Jail) - Smilsu iela - Audeju iela - Sabiedriskais fonds - Valnu iela - Dzelzcela stacija "Jugla" - Iespeja - Kalku iela - Pelnas nodoklis (Super Tax) and Doma laukums.



Standard edition 2001.Edition: Standard, ref. 030114535632
Publisher: Parker/Hasbro Inc. - Sia Anvol - Riga - 2001
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.3 x 5.3 cm
                  of the board: 25.2 x 25.2 cm
The game:
In the second half of the ninetees Parker/Hasbro have introduced this capitalistic game with great energy in many countries of the former Eastbloc. And this introduction is strongly continued, because in 2001 the Baltic states were the next. After Lithuania Latvia and Estonia immediately got their first "official" Monopoly edition.

Although in other European countries the issues of 2001 already show the red Monopoly bar with Mr.Monopoly-with-red-bow-tie on the board's midfield (as well as on the lid), this edition still has the black-bar-with-Uncle-Pennybags-and-frame, like it is on the boards since 1985.

In this "standard" box is of course the red plastic "banker's tray" again with holes for the 7 banknotes and property deeds still present with the banker. The game board is folded in four and fits, when stored, precisely on the banker's tray. The back of the board is as usual red, the playside is blue green. This edition is of course also manufactured in Ireland and therefore shows the picture of the "laughing family" at the bottom of the box.
On the game board the Iespeja cards with nice red back are as usual near the Starts corner while the Sabiedriskais fonds cards with their nice blue back are near the Free Parking corner.
The banknotes are of the one side printed new model, i.e. with a black ribbon and "MONOPOLY with Uncle Pennybags" in the upper part of the circle and, almost invisible, the remark "1996 Tonka Corporation", (ref.1004535 OOC). The currency is Ls (= Lat) and the denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
The 10 tokens are of light metal and are the well-known: hat - shoe - car - boat - dog - wheelbarrow - rider-on-a-horse - thimble - iron and canon. 
The houses and hotels are of non-transparant plastic and have all an overhanging roof with an excentric chimney.
Both dice are white with black pips. 



Latvian Anti-Monopoly-778.Edition: Anti-Monopoly, Ref. 778
             "XXI-ā gadsimta nekustamā īpašumā tirgus spēle"
Publisher:Kadabra-Kaunas-LT/University Games-NL - 2008
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.2 cm
The game:
On the bottom of the box is, next to a color picture of the game, a short explanation of the origin of the game and how to play it. 
The translation reads:

"An update of the "monopoly" folk game  invented by Elizabeth Magie a 100 years ago. A twist right out of today's headlines: free market competitors clash with ruthless monopolists.
In the real business world, competitors and monopolists work hard to increase their incomes - but they go about it in different ways. Competitors sell more goods at a fair price to make a fair profit. Monopolists, on the other hand, destroy their competitors first so that they can fix prices above fair, competitive levels to make excessive profits.
Other real estate trading games are a jumble of competition and monopolism. In Anti-Monopoly®, however, players are diveded into two groups: competitors and monopolists before the game starts. The players follow different rules (depending on their status) in their quest for big money. This method of play is a revolutionary idea for games. In all other games players follow one set of rules. It is this idea of movement and choice which allows Anti-Monopoly® to be the first and only game in history which clearly distinguishes between the actions of competitors and monopolists."

Ralph Anspach is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at San Francisco State University who invented this Anti-Monopoly game. He based his creation on the monopoly folkgame  which was invented by Elizabeth Magie in 1904 and was played extensively in the Eastern United States between 1904 and 1935. Players in the monopoly folkgame buy and trade properties to monopolize color groupings.His game transforms the folk game into a battle between competitors and monopolists and it retains the antimonopoly message of the creators of monopoly. Quaker teachers (members of the Society of Friends in Atlantic City, N.J.) transformed the folkgame into what is now played as Monopoly.
Charles B. Darrow stole the knowledge of the game and its rules from these Quakers,  commercialized it, and falsely claimed that he had invented it to get an invention patent. He licensed it to Parker Brothers which popularized the legend of Darrow the Inventor.. .
Ralph Anspach discovered the truth about the history of Monopoly when he became a defendant in a ten-year long law suit filed by Parker Brothers. He eventually won that law suit, read his book "Monopolygate".  

Anti-Monopoly®'s specialty is, as said,  its principle players have to choose between 2 play methods: that of the Monopolists and the Competitors. However, which part you will prefer, all players have equal chances to win, although they play according to different Rules. So Monopolists for example, can only build houses and hotels when they have a monopoly position in a town (what is the case already when the player owns 2 of 3 streets), while Competitors may build on each property, independent of they own a whole city or one single street.

On the solid board with black back the streets of  8 cities are from Starts onwards:   

Riga, capital of Latvia.Roma: Corso Impero - Pretinieks vai Monopolists - Via Roma - Ienākuma nodoklis (Income Tax)
Rīga: A.Čaka iela - Pretinieks vai Monopolists - Brīvības iela - Vaļņu iela
Ekskursija/Cenu karš (price war)/Cietums (Jail)
Madride: Plaza Mayor - Elektrotīkli (Electric Company) - Gran Via - Paseo de la Castellana
Amsterdama: Dam - Pretinieks vai Monopolists - Leidsestraat - Kalverstraat
Anti-Monopola fonds (Anti-Monopoly foundation)
Parīze: Rue la Fayette -Pretinieks vai Monopolists - Rue de la Paix - Champs-Élysées  
Brisele: Grote Markt - Hoogstraat - Gāzes vada cauruļu sistēma (Gas company) - Nieuwstraat
Monopolisti: ejiet uz cietuma lauciņu (Monopolist: Go to Jail) /
ejiet uz cenu kara lauciņu (Competitor: Go to the price war)
: Park Lane - Piccadilly -Pretinieks vai Monopolists - Oxford Street
                                                                                                   Atēnas: Pretinieks vai Monopolists - La Plaka - Īpašuma nodoklis (Property tax) - Syntagma

The 4 spaces in the middle of each side are respectivily: Avio- kompānija - Tramvaju kompānija - Dzelzceļa kompānija and Autobusu kompānija.
The 3 corner spaces clearly have different meaning for the Monopolists and the Competitors.

Note that in this Latvian edition the capital Riga is added as second group of streets. The same is done in the other Baltic editions!
The bottom part of the box contains a white cardboard insert foulded such a way that a lower part between two platforms can be used as bankers' tray and store for the houses and hotels .
There are no Chance- nor Community Chest cards in this game but  2x25 plain, white cards Monopolisti and Pretinieki instead, all with funny illustrations and always with detailed comment, like:

On the Pretinieki cards:

Kongress beigu beigās piešķīra pietiekami daudz naudas Antimonopola Nodaļai, lai tiktu pieņemti efektīvi antimonopola likumi. No katra 
monopolista  SAŅEMAT pa 25 €.

Congress has finally given the Antitrust Division enough money to enforce the Anti-Monopolist laws effectively.  COLLECT 25 € from each 
Jūs uzsākat jaunu uzņēmējdarbību? Vai tā plauks? METIET KAULIŅU! Ja uzmetīsiet 9 vai mazāk - TĀ BANKROTĒ.  Ja uzmetīsiet 10 vai vairāk - 
no kasiera SAŅEMSIET 75 € banknoti.

You are starting a new business. Will it succeed? THROW THE DICE! If you get a 9 or less IT FAILS. If you get 10 or  more COLLECT € 75 
from treasurer.
Enerģētikas monopolisti ir palielinājuši naftas cenas. Jūs palielināt nomas cenas saviem nomniekiem, lai varētu piedalīties konkurences cīņā. 
SAMAKSĀJIET 50 € kasierim. =
The Energy Monopolists have jacked up the price of heating oil. Competition keeps you from passing on the whole  increase to your tenants. 
PAY 50 € to treasurer.

On the Monopolisti cards:A Latvian Monopolisti card.

Jūsu politiskais ieguldījums netika aizmirsts. Gaisa piesārņošanas kontroles nolikumi, kas samazināja 
Jūsu peļņu, tika anulēti.
SAŅEMAT 75 € no kasiera.
Your political contribution was not forgotten. The smoke pollution controls which cut down on your profits have 
been abolished. COLLECT 75 € from the treasurer.

Kāda apšaubāma darījuma laikā no Valdības saņēmāt atbildi, ka tiks pieņemts Jums labvēlīgs kontrakts. Taču 
kaut kas nodeva šo informāciju presei. Lai uzzinātu, vai Jūsu darījums „izgāzīsies”, metiet kauliņu. Ja uzmetāt 7 
vai mazāk - DARĪJUMS NEBŪS VEIKSMĪGS, 8 vai vairāk - vētra paies garām un Jūs SAŅEMAT 75 € no kasiera.
Through a shady deal, you landed a big government contract. But someone spilled the beans to the press. To 
see whether your deal will go through, roll the dice. If you get 7 or less NO DEAL, 8 or more the storm blew over 
and you COLLECT 75 € from treasurer.
Nelikumīgs atbalsts, kuru piešķīrāt senatoram R. N. Adleram tā kampaņas laikā kļūdaini nonāca pie Ralfa Nadera. 
Labāk nestrīdieties un SAMAKSĀJIET sodu 50
An illegal campaign contribution you made to senator R.N.Ader went by mistake to Ralph Nader. Just plead no 
contest and PAY a fine of 50 € to treasurer.

It is of course also necessary the two types of players to be taken into account of on the property deeds. That is why they have 2 columns for the prices: at the left for the Pretiniekiem and at the right side those for the Monopolistiem. The back side of the cards is also to show the property to be mortgaged. In this situation the card  must be given the bank, however, the owner can any moment buy it back from the bank. This is also said on the back side of the cards.
There are only 6 banknotes, printed in grey on colored paper, in the denominations: 1 - 5 - 10 - 50 - 100 and 500
There are only 6 plastic tokens, viz. of each a green and blue one:cone, pyramid and a pawn like a "cilinder with sphere".
The set goes with 35 houses and 15 hotels of plastic, with roof rim and chimney. (Note: The Pretinieki must place their houses and/or hotels on the name of the field, while the Monopolisti must situate them on the "H"-spot.)
Both dice are white with black pips.

The first version of this 21st edition was published in 2005 in the USA, soon followed by that of many European countries.

This edition was "Made in Spain".

The price of this edition was at the introduction € 19.95.



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