Governments around the world were in shock today when it was announced that the global economy - made up of the imports and exports of all countries on Earth - actually made a loss this year.
Despite some individual countries such as China having growing economies, their increase was not enough to make up for the shortfall in other countries. The USA is now so massively in debt that it was bought by a Chinese creditor for $1 this week and will be renamed the Chinese States of America.
The UK also has huge debt problems, and may be sold for scrap.
The World Bank claims that it has come up with a solution to the problem. Spokesman I B Rich said, "Just this week we have discovered something amazing! There is life on Mars, and those Martians have a bank. We are going to borrow money from Mars to prop up our failing economy. That way everything will balance out and we will all be able to continue to enjoy our life of luxury."
Astronomers denied that life had been found on Mars.