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[DRAFT] Stacking the Deck

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:40 pm
by Cretox State
I don’t know exactly how this idea came into my head, but here we are.

Stacking the Deck

Validity: Cannot have high culture.

Description
The @@NAME@@ art community is up in arms after the nation’s finest work was rated a mere “common” at two extremely prestigious international art symposiums, painting a poor picture of the @@DEMONYM@@ intellectual scene. In response, a colorful spread of individuals has stormed your office to demand you take action.

Option 1
“Zis is outrageous!” shrieks renowned painter @@RANDOMMALENAME@@, throwing his beret on the ground before dusting it off and putting it back on. “Ve pour our very blood into our craft! Eef zis is ze respect ve are getting, ve shall not tolerate it any longer! Vif your support, ve shall conduct our own explosive events, and make ze eenternational community beg for our forgiveness!” He lets out a hearty laugh.

Effect: diplomats sign treaties with themselves to avoid rejection

Option 2
“Come now, aren’t we being a tad childish?” chides associate professor @@RANDOMNAME@@, peering over his bifocals. “It’ll only serve to hurt us if we throw a tantrum on the international scene over something as frankly trivial as this. Through a generous government program to fund the arts, we can become a shining example to the rest of the world. We’ll do better at future events too, of course. On merit.”

Effect: children’s arts and crafts projects are reviewed by professional critics

Option 3
“Are you seriously going to dilute our government’s focus over this?” asks Finance Minister @@RANDOMNAME@@, as @@HE@@ makes a frowny face out of some coins on your desk. “Why do we even need to fund the arts in the first place? It’s not like they provide any sort of return on our investment. We should be allocating more money to programs that yield practical results, like the new missile research my brother’s heading.”

Effect: nepotism is considered an essential government expenditure

Option 4
“If ya wanna win in life, ya gotta grease the wheels,” says @@RANDOMNAME@@, a bad personal injury lawyer with an even worse combover. “Cut some backroom deals. Bring some potentially problematic issues to other governments’ attention. Propose an international law or two. Donate to a good cause. Get our great country noticed for doing something unique. If foreigners start to notice us, they’ll want our support. And we can use that to our advantage.”

Effect: the nation’s diplomats carry briefcases full of cash

Option 5
“The judgement of mere mortals matters not in the eyes of the almighty!” rants @@RANDOMNAME@@, a prophet of the obscure Proscenium Cult, trying to break down one of your office’s walls before being restrained by security. “We must appeal to the divine, and beg for Their holy grace! Through a higher power, our victory will be inevitable. Through sacrifice, our path shall be assured! We shall win all contests, and all displays of strength! It will be legendary!”

Effect: some things are best handled through moderation

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:38 pm
by Noahs Second Country
You may want to take a look at #517. It has a pretty similar description to this draft.

Reminds me a bit of this too.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:56 pm
by Cretox State
Noahs Second Country wrote:You may want to take a look at #517. It has a pretty similar description to this draft.

Reminds me a bit of this too.

I don't think there's too much overlap in either case. #517 deals with public interest in the arts, while the latter is an Easter egg issue about gambling.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:11 am
by Candensia
Remember that "International Art" is NS code for trading cards, and explicitly saying "rated a mere common" in the description only solidifies that. But in reading the actual options this draft has little to do with trading cards, despite some neat references. No card-related validity is present. I can tell trading cards were part of the thought process when this draft was written, but the debate itself centers around "the arts".

So in summary, I think it's muddy and nebulous. If you want to do an arts-related issue, then tie it to a pressing arts-related premise. If you want an issue involving "International Artwork" (trading cards), then go all-in on something unique

He who dares, wins, but half and half isn’t working, in my opinion.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:34 pm
by Cretox State
I have an idea for how to make this more focused. Will put up a new draft tomorrow.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:44 am
by Australian rePublic
Why does leader care?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:06 am
by Candlewhisper Archive
The @@NAME@@ art community is up in arms after the nation’s finest work was rated a mere “common” at two extremely prestigious international art symposiums, painting a poor picture of the @@DEMONYM@@ intellectual scene. In response, a colorful spread of individuals has stormed your office to demand you take action.


If you imagine the NS card game doesn't exist, then this opening premise reads as nonsense.

There's no agreed real life rating system for art. One person's Turner Prize short-listed avant garde masterpiece is another person's unmade bed with some bodily fluid on it. And when art is rated, its mentioned in terms of the prizes it has won, or the price it has sold for, not rated "common", "rare", etc.
Value being denoted by rarity is a thing done for collectables, such as cards, minis and the like, not for one-of-a-kind artworks.

Also, that last sentence? That's a classic redundant line, which basically says "And this is a Nationstates Issue." Try to avoid those lines please.