Red Queen Situation

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Red Queen from Alice

A situation in which constant application of effort is required just to maintain the current relative positions. For example if Cheetahs get faster that makes Antelope speed up which leaves the same number of prey getting caught. The phrase comes from Lewis Caroll's book "Alice through the looking glass", where Alice and the Red Queen have to run hard just to stay in the same location.

Originally applied in Biology to explain the advantage of using sexual reproduction and the constant evolutionary arms race between competing species, it is a valuable metaphor when considering almost any situation where groups are directly competing, for example in a Zero Sum Game.

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