But there is at least one area where bankrupt governments in particular tend to be exceptionally creative - finding unique ways to steal people's money.
And over the last few years, one of the most creative ways that bankrupt governments have come up with is to confiscate what they consider "dormant" bank accounts—this would be an account without any transactions over a specified period of time.
The UK was the first on the scene with this idea with the 2008 Dormant Bank and Building Society Act. It was passed just in the knick of time right as the entire financial system was collapsing.
Within two years, the British Banker's Association estimated that the law could raise as much as $600 million for the government… no small sum in the UK.