Canada sends troops to Catan – “Stop stealing our vowels!” says prime minister

Gamefest’s Gamewire cites this Toronto Star article about Settlers, proving once again that even our mildly complicated games come across as far too complicated for ordinary people. Once the article gets rolling, a decent picture of the game starts to come in, but on the whole, the conclusion comes back around to chaos. Why is it that the market has yet to discover anything with Settlers‘ strengths for a mass audience (luck, trading, thematic familiarity) and none of its drawbacks (luck-based stagnation, trading-based long playing times, and relative complexity)?