I think it's
funnier to see everyone suffer more interesting to see how people will try to skirt around these challenges. Maybe they will quit altogether?
It's hard to imagine new players want to hop into this environment. Established players can at least have ways to play the game on multiple levels. A newbie would just be like, "so I have a city that doesn't really produce anything (since taxes), and I might need to drop 2000 HIVE (~$1000) to have meaningful voting power right now."
It's a hard sell. But, time will tell.