>Be Lmao Zedong.
>Be the most powerful man in the country.
>want to turn China into industrial superpower.
>have the chinese population consolidated into communes, where money is abolished and replaced with work points, and people eat for free in communal kitchens.
>the great leap forward commences. The whole country is on board and enthousiastic.
>communes compete with ones another to see who can be the most productive.
>it gets to the point to where some of them are lying about their production targets so show up the other communes and appear the most productive, leading to shortages later.
>Mao decides to kill all of the sparrows to boost grain production.
>totally backfires and throws ecosystem out of whack.
>terrible weather during the years leads to piss poor crop yields.
>doesnt help that workers are being pulled from agricultural work to smelt substandard steel in backyard furnaces and work on faulty damns, irrigation system, and other blunderous construction projects.
>Turns out its kinda hard to smelt iron and build structures without anyone having knowledge of metallurgy or engineering.
>mass starvation commences, famines sweeps the country side.
>martial law declared, people are forced to remain in the communes at gunpoint.
>amidst the famine, to make China appear like a rich prosperous country to the world, Mao starts having grain exported out of the country.
>at the same time, Mao sympathizes with his people, goes vegetarian, and starts his own rice garden.
>4 years and several million dead of starvation later, the great leap forward comes to an end prematurely, and Mao loses favor in the communist party. He remains chairman, but takes more of a figurehead role in party politics.