The first question (and answer) is actually more interesting to me.
But the flare situation is one that will come up far more often, for sure.
This happened to us in a game. It didn't take all that long to get there - after two complete rounds and somewhere in the third, as I recall (by "two complete rounds" I mean everyone in our 5 player game had taken their turn - twice - and we were partially around again). We had Philanthropist and Healer in the game.
We didn't know how to handle it... now we know. I like the solution.