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TalAkMaChen
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Postby TalAkMaChen » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:16 am

Divine Cervine wrote:Issue #1257: It’s a Kind of Magic [Podium; ed: Altmer Dominion]


It’s a Kind of Magic

The Issue


A shocking archaeological find in one of @@NAME@@’s many caverns has led to the discovery of a huge array of pre-@@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ totems, idols, and assorted knickknacks made entirely of stone, many of which gave researchers ‘the heebie-jeebies’.

The Debate

1. “This is a fascinating opportunity for the scientific community as a whole!” spouts Taylor Barry, breathlessly running through her brick-thick pile of notes and results. “Our initial tests are already showing a stunning reading of anomalous energy in each and every one of those artifacts! If we could be permitted to, erm, acquire them, this mysterious power source could be the backbone for future @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ technological advances! Think of the societal possibilities!”


2. Pushing the scientist aside, your mustachioed military adviser Arnold Gray grips at a manila envelope entitled ‘TOP SECRET’. “That’s all fine and dandy, but what if we used this ‘anomllalus’ energy to power our weapons? These days, everyone’s raring to get bigger and better guns, and we need to make sure ours are bigger and better than everyone else’s! If we get those magic rock thingies, I’m sure my eggheads’ll make something out of it!”


3. “Hold on a moment!” shouts physicist Genghis Feinmann, frantically tying a leaded apron around his waist. “Something feels off about this whole matter, and it’s not a strictly metaphorical sensation. I’m not saying these totems are radioactive, but you’d have to be bongos-level bonkers not to consider it as a rational explanation. For the sake of everyone, please consider immediately transporting this archaeological cache to my laboratory upon excavation. Although careful precautions may slow down the pace of research, my team is one of only a few in the nation with the proper equipment to actually handle this matter safely.”


4. Amid the din, museum curator Mamiko Taylor squeezes into your office while clutching her limited-edition copy of ‘Ancient Civilisations for Dummies’. “I think we’re all missing the point here! These are priceless artifacts, hearkening back to the days before @@NAME@@ was even around! If you don’t have the maturity to leave them where they are, at the very least send them to my museum so other @@DEMONYMPLURAL@@ can actually appreciate what came before them!”




Also note that in option 1, "acquire" is in italics. :)

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Postby Fauxia » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:27 am

Was 30.2 removed or does it just have an eligibility rule now?
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Postby Bears Armed » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:47 am

#1250

@@NAME@@’s Next Top Mohel

The Issue

When celebrity actor Steffan Assange underwent a change of faith, he also underwent a late-in-life circumcision. Unfortunately, the individual making the needed cuts made a botch job of it, lopping off a bit of flesh and giving Assange a nasty infection. The celebrity is now using his influence to call into question safety standards around circumcisions.

The Debate
1. “Praise be, I don’t regret seeking circumcision,” winces Assange, fresh from the set of his latest movie Cut to the Point. “However, I mistakenly assumed that a priest offering circumcision would have some sort of professional qualifications. It turns out all she had was an old, dog-eared urology manual and a pair of kitchen scissors! We need legislation to make sure qualified surgeons are the only ones allowed to make an incision into any part of the human body, no matter how small.”

2. “Look, it was a tricky procedure on a difficult individual. Anyone could have misplaced their cut,” grumbles circumcisionist Britt Miller, gesticulating forcefully while holding a pair of scissors. “There wasn’t much size difference from the infants I normally work with, though babies wail and wriggle a lot less. I never claimed to be a doctor, but I have carried out over a hundred circumcisions. If he wants to make a complaint against me personally, I will defend myself, but don’t let this idiot bury centuries of religious practice under a mountain of bureaucracy!”

Issue by The AI See You of Candlewhisper Archive
Edited by The Marsupial Illuminati
Last edited by Bears Armed on Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Trotterdam » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:34 pm

"Britt Miller" is obviously nonrandom, as confirmed by the draft thread. It also shows the existence of a validity-locked third option, which I can confirm did make it in. I activated some checks to see if the validity for the whole issue is still as said in the submission, but it seems very likely.

EDIT: I can now confirm that the issue validity is the same as in the submission thread: a followup to #467 option 2. Option 3 does not lead to this issue.
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Postby Pogaria » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Fauxia wrote:Was 30.2 removed or does it just have an eligibility rule now?

The option is still there, but it has a validity check (which was added over a year ago). The text mentions minimum wage laws, which wouldn't make sense for a nation that doesn't have them.
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TalAkMaChen
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Postby TalAkMaChen » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:28 pm

Woah. I guess this took long to discover: Option 3 of issue 186.
It is the Socialist version of option 2 and reads as follows:
“More police isn’t the answer,” retorts @@RANDOMNAME@@, head of research at @@NAME@@’s state-run automobile factory. “People simply need the tools to defend themselves! We already have blueprints for cars with bullet-proof armour and mounted machine guns, and, if you’ll provide the funding, we can have these fitted as standard to all cars. Firepower to the people!”


@Trotterdam: The effect line's the same as for option 2 (here found at War Dogs VII). ;)

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Postby Trotterdam » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:15 am

#1257 It's a Kind of Magic

The Issue

A shocking archaeological find in one of @@NAME@@'s many caverns has led to the discovery of a huge array of pre-@@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ totems, idols, and assorted knickknacks made entirely of stone, many of which gave researchers 'the heebie-jeebies'.

The Debate

1. "This is a fascinating opportunity for the scientific community as a whole!" spouts @@RANDOMNAME@@, breathlessly running through @@HIS/HER@@ brick-thick pile of notes and results. "Our initial tests are already showing a stunning reading of anomalous energy in each and every one of those artifacts! If we could be permitted to, erm, acquire them, this mysterious power source could be the backbone for future @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ technological advances! Think of the societal possibilities!"

2. Pushing the scientist aside, your mustachioed military adviser @@RANDOMMALENAME@@ grips at a manila envelope entitled 'TOP SECRET'. "That's all fine and dandy, but what if we used this 'anomllalus' energy to power our weapons? These days, everyone’s raring to get bigger and better guns, and we need to make sure ours are bigger and better than everyone else's! If we get those magic rock thingies, I’m sure my eggheads’ll make something out of it!"

3. "Hold on a moment!" shouts physicist @@RANDOMFIRSTNAME@@ Feinmann, frantically tying a leaded apron around @@HIS/HER@@ waist. "Something feels off about this whole matter, and it’s not a strictly metaphorical sensation. I'm not saying these totems are radioactive, but you’d have to be bongos-level bonkers not to consider it as a rational explanation. For the sake of everyone, please consider immediately transporting this archaeological cache to my laboratory upon excavation. Although careful precautions may slow down the pace of research, my team is one of only a few in the nation with the proper equipment to actually handle this matter safely."

4. Amid the din, museum curator @@RANDOMNAME@@ squeezes into your office while clutching @@HIS/HER@@ limited-edition copy of 'Ancient Civilisations for Dummies'. "I think we're all missing the point here! These are priceless artifacts, hearkening back to the days before @@NAME@@ was even around! If you don't have the maturity to leave them where they are, at the very least send them to my museum so other @@DEMONYMNOUNPLURAL@@ can actually appreciate what came before them!"

5. A shallow bowl of apple purée smashes through the window, covering everyone in the room but you. Down on the street, a pious elderly individual paces furiously. "HERESY! WITCHCRAFT! @@LEADER@@, these totems are an affront to my faith! Why you haven’t already destroyed them for the sake of @@NAME@@, I have no idea!"

Issue by Podium
Edited by Altmer Dominion
Option 2's speaker is presumably fixed to male due to the mustache. Other than that, I can confirm that all of the names are exactly as random as I described here, by comparing with Divine Cervine's report.

Yes, the issue really does have that many Windows-1252-masquerading-as-Unicode curly quotes.

Naturally, the last option does not appear for nations that oppose religion.

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#1258: Henceforward Shall Be Free

Postby TalAkMaChen » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:17 am

#1258: Henceforward Shall Be Free [The Sakhalinsk Empire; ed: Baggieland]

The Issue
As @@NAME@@ has finally liberated all its slaves, nobody really knows what to do with them.

The Debate
1. “They should be free to live without violence and to work faithfully for reasonable wages, and of course, be good citizens of our nation,” says your top adviser, @@@RANDOMMALEFIRSTNAME@@@ Lyncoln, while stroking his beard. “We should grant them full citizenship and treat them like any other person; otherwise, they will still remain as slaves in their minds.”

2. “These poor people were stolen from their homeland and taken to our land,” states your Minister of the Interior, @@@RANDOMMALEFIRSTNAME@@@ Monrow. “They don’t belong in our society, and can only reintegrate successfully back among their own kind. We should be universally repatriating them back to the lands of their forefathers, where they can begin life anew.”

3. “All right, we’ve liberated slaves, but that doesn’t make them equal!” remarks Carter Voster. “Let them be free all they want, but they’ll need to know they’re different from us. They’ll have to use separate beaches, buses, toilets, everything. Just make sure that we get the good stuff.”

Issue by The Constitutional Monarchy of The Sakhalinsk Empire
Edited by Baggieland


I assume it's a follow-up of #898.4 as this was one of the last issues answered by War Dogs XVIII, setting the slaves free. The draft had 4 options with partly random names (similar to above), while those above are choices 0-2, so either there's a 4th or it was removed during the Editoring.

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:30 am

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:Incidentally, there's another small change for y'all to spot on option 2 of Issue 572, made as a tribute to the late, great Toni Morrison. Hope you guys enjoy it.


Found it!
2. A woman with a bright red face storms into your office with a toddler hanging off her leg. “Think of the children! Actually, think of the parents! How can we relax if our children are reading books about crime or sex or worst of all, liberal politics? If a library or school thinks a book shouldn’t be read, then we should show a little trust in their judgement. Now, my son is very advanced...” She pauses to stop the tyke picking his nose. “...and when he’s older, he can read more at home. But not at this age, and not without supervision!”


2. A woman with a bright red face storms into your office with a toddler hanging off her leg, and slams a copy of The Bluest Eye on your desk. “Think of the children! Actually, think of the parents! How can we relax if our children are reading books about crime, child abuse or sex or worst of all, liberal politics? If a library or school thinks a book shouldn’t be read, then we should show a little trust in their judgement. Now, my son is very advanced...” She pauses to stop the tyke picking his nose. “...and when he’s older, he can read more at home. But not at this age, and not without supervision!”
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Postby TalAkMaChen » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:12 pm

#1259: Buy Low, Sell High [Nation of Quebec; ed: Candlewhisper Archive]

The Issue
Your teenage niece was visibly upset this morning when she couldn’t get tickets to see her favorite boy band in concert. As usual, the tickets were sold out within seconds of being offered, with the vast majority going to scalpers intending to resell the tickets at a marked-up price.

The Debate
1. “Whether it’s tickets for a pop concert or the ballet, these scalpers are a menace to anyone who wants some good entertainment,” argues Leia Silva, host of popular consumers rights podcast Scumbag Sellers. “Scalping needs to be banned. Tickets must only be sold by government-approved retailers and websites that adhere to strict regulations.”

2. “Scalpers are just people who are trying to make a living, but why not ban the more unethical practices?” suggests Rory Belcher of the Ministry of Compromises. “You could simply ban the bots and software that these scalpers use to snatch up tickets? That way you’re still allowing some resale, but genuine customers aren’t screwed over in the process.”

3. “Blockchain is the solution!” claims one of your older ministers, who you suspect is parroting an opinion offered to him by someone more tech-literate. “Blocks of chains on the internet build trust without a middleman, with uh... queued ‘R’ codes or something. All we need to do is give a budget to some tech start-up companies, buy them some crypt coins or something, and they’ll solve the problem for us!”

4. “The problem is that people fail to understand basic economics,” points out economics professor Akira Grossman, who is known for his condescending online lectures. “Haven’t you heard of supply and demand? Scalpers only exist because the original sellers are foolishly under-pricing their goods: the market will self-adjust eventually, and the middlemen will be squeezed out. What we need is compulsory economics classes so that people actually understand free market capitalism and how the economy works. Then maybe there won’t be so many calls for clumsy top-down solutions imposed by government.”

Issue by The Free Secular Federation of Nation of Quebec
Edited by Candlewhisper Archive


I suspect names and gender are random, but all are unconfirmed so far. I suspect option 4 being for Capitalism-policy nations, but also unconfirmed.

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Postby Trotterdam » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:53 pm

TalAkMaChen wrote:I suspect names and gender are random,
Probably not, since there's no @@NEPHEW/NIECE@@ macro, and her being interested in a boy band also implies some assumptions about her gender. (Well, actually, from the glimpses I've got of the game's internal workings, I think the issue editors could implement far more flexible macros without admin help, they just don't know how. Still, it's not something that's done.)

TalAkMaChen wrote:I suspect option 4 being for Capitalism-policy nations, but also unconfirmed.
Looks like the entire issue is restricted to capitalist nations, actually. Makes sense.

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Postby The Sakhalinsk Empire » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:42 am

TalAkMaChen wrote:
#1258: Henceforward Shall Be Free [The Sakhalinsk Empire; ed: Baggieland]

The Issue
As @@NAME@@ has finally liberated all its slaves, nobody really knows what to do with them.

The Debate
1. “They should be free to live without violence and to work faithfully for reasonable wages, and of course, be good citizens of our nation,” says your top adviser, @@@RANDOMMALEFIRSTNAME@@@ Lyncoln, while stroking his beard. “We should grant them full citizenship and treat them like any other person; otherwise, they will still remain as slaves in their minds.”

2. “These poor people were stolen from their homeland and taken to our land,” states your Minister of the Interior, @@@RANDOMMALEFIRSTNAME@@@ Monrow. “They don’t belong in our society, and can only reintegrate successfully back among their own kind. We should be universally repatriating them back to the lands of their forefathers, where they can begin life anew.”

3. “All right, we’ve liberated slaves, but that doesn’t make them equal!” remarks Carter Voster. “Let them be free all they want, but they’ll need to know they’re different from us. They’ll have to use separate beaches, buses, toilets, everything. Just make sure that we get the good stuff.”

Issue by The Constitutional Monarchy of The Sakhalinsk Empire
Edited by Baggieland


I assume it's a follow-up of #898.4 as this was one of the last issues answered by War Dogs XVIII, setting the slaves free. The draft had 4 options with partly random names (similar to above), while those above are choices 0-2, so either there's a 4th or it was removed during the Editoring.

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:24 pm

#1260: Gay Abandoned [Nuremgard; ed: The Free Joy State]

The Issue
Today, reports reached @@NAME@@ that Conan Jackman, a refugee that previously applied for asylum on the basis that his sexuality is a capital crime in his home country — only to be sent home when his application was rejected — has subsequently been executed by his own government.

The Debate
1. “This is an absolute disgrace!” splutters LGBT activist Jessica Popov, draping a giant rainbow version of the national flag around your shoulders. “That poor man lost his life because this cruel government refused him sanctuary! What kind of nation will not give people refuge from cruel and despotic regimes? Allow automatic asylum on the basis of persecution for sexual orientation!”

2. “How was I meant to know he was telling the truth?” exclaims the immigration official who refused the man’s entry, distractedly adjusting the green carnation in his lapel. “He could have been lying just so he could get into the country to take advantage of our generosity! How about we ask supposedly gay migrants to prove their sexuality? We could ask them questions that only a gay person would know, and only let people who pass into the country.”

3. “You know, this raises the broader issue of immigration,” announces your Finance Minister, dispensing financial projections with a little flourish. “We have an ageing population, so why worry about whether ‘x’ is cause for asylum but ‘y’ isn’t? All suffering is equal, especially that of the public coffers. How about we loosen the immigration rules, rubber-stamping asylum applications from all people who arrive able and willing to live and work here.”

4. “That this man died is unfortunate, of course,” drawls the famously understated author of Do Stop Being Silly, an analysis of brutal tyrants throughout the ages. “But we have a moral duty to care for our citizens, not every citizen of every country — no matter how unpleasant those countries may be. In fact, we ought to tighten the rules, so that only people with truly valuable skills can immigrate here.”

5. “Why are we letting filthy gay people in in the first place?” asks the furious far-right author of anti-LGBT treatise Dressed to Repress Morty Wickremesinghe, who is hiding from your other visitors inside a closet. “We all know these people are disordered and disposed to vice. His country has the right idea: protecting their people. If nations want to punish their citizens in accordance with their law, we should send them back immediately. Then we can clean up our act at home, with mandatory conversion therapy for all people with same-sex attraction. It is a kindness: no-one can be happy being who they are when they’re different to other people. Mother was right — you just can’t.”

Issue by The Tsardom of Nuremgard
Edited by The Free Joy State


Another new issue :o I suspect names and gender of the speakers are random, but all are unconfirmed so far. Sadly I could not locate a draft for this, so cannot compare.
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Gandoor » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:44 pm

#1261: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
Issue by: Chan Island
Edited by: Candlewhisper Archive

Yesterday evening, talk radio pundit Agnes Locke launched a scathing critique of your “ridiculously incompetent Transport Minister” and the minister’s “terrible mismanagement of timetables”. Unfortunately, said minister angrily phoned in to argue her case, and foolishly told the talkshow host that if she thought she could do better, she’d be welcome to try. Somewhat predictably, Locke is now outside the parliament building, ready to give it a go.

1. “Look at her strutting about, that know-it-all, trying to tell the public how my damn job should be done,” snarls your extremely experienced Transport Minister. “What the hell does she know about fuel logistics, or network maintenance, or sub-contract management? Absolutely jack nothing, that’s what! Broadcasters shouldn’t be allowed to offer unfounded opinions about things they know nothing about. Slap a fine on her for misleading the public and fomenting ignorance — that’ll teach her to mind her words.”

2. “That’s a little... extreme,” cautions one of the minister’s aides, serving up a tray of calming hot cocoas. “The truth is that a free media will always attract larger-than-life types to pontificate on whatever subject they want, and that’s a great thing. Sure, maybe this radio host is clueless, but we should always encourage lively discussion on our airwaves. Maybe instead what we need is a more managed media presence, with ministers always consulting with their teams before making radio appearances. If we’re more careful about what we say, we’ll avoid situations like this one.”

3. “Hey, let’s have a bit of fun with this...” suggests one of your grinning junior transport staffers. “Let’s let her into the building, and put her in charge of the department for a whole week, with everything broadcast live on air. Then, we pile her with jobs that she can screw up. Ask her whether the switchboard generator in Bedtown should be powered up at 215 or 230 megawatts. Probe her for specifics on the emerging empty boat situation. Ask her what the optimum running speed is for track temperature management. We make her look like a fool, and the public gets a better appreciation of how hard our job is.”
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Postby TalAkMaChen » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:19 pm

#1262: Dead Tasty [Ostanasia; ed: Baggieland]

The Issue
Every year, several deaths are reported in the country due to the eating of the highly poisonous, yet savoured, pufferfish.

The Debate
1. “It’s straight up suicide!” proclaims @@RANDOMNAME@@, while puffing @@HIS@@ cheeks out in exasperation. “This deadly dish claimed the life of one of my close friends, and kills diners every month! This culinary death-trap must be banned!”

2. “Eating this fish has been our tradition, passed down by our... grandfathers maybe...” says renowned chef @@RANDOMFIRSTNAME@@ Kuraoka, as @@HE@@ puts a pufferfish on your desk to demonstrate how easily prepared it is. “It all depends on how skilled you are. See: poison... poison... poison... tasty fish! All you need to do is to make sure all chefs go on training courses and are licensed to serve this sensory experience.”

3. “What’s all this commotion about? A few deaths caused by a petty fish?” questions restaurateur Nobuyoshi @@RANDOMLASTNAME@@, who has just returned from a culinary trip to Dàguó. “There are so many scrumptious dishes out there, but most @@DEMONYMPLURAL@@ are just too jittery to give them a go. There’s live octopus, blood clams and ackee: let’s put @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ restaurants on everyone’s ‘must experience before you die’ list!”

Issue by The People's Republic of Ostanasia
Edited by Baggieland


Yet another new issue :o I suspect names and gender of the speakers are random, but all are unconfirmed so far. Sadly I could not locate a draft for this -- again! --, so cannot compare.
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Postby Nation Tracker » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:03 am

The names Nation Tracker has for #1262 are:
Daisy Walker, Hugh Kuraoka, and Nobuyoshi Kimmel

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:35 pm

Nation Tracker wrote:The names Nation Tracker has for #1262 are:
Daisy Walker, Hugh Kuraoka, and Nobuyoshi Kimmel


Thanks, so they seem to be semi-random. :) Amended in my first post.

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:42 am

#1263: Is the Signature Always Right? [San Pera; ed: Altmer Dominion]

The Issue
It took approvals for dubious government expenses claims, the surprising discovery of your name endorsing documents you have never seen, and your niece getting away with cutting school before government officials realized your signature had been forged. Now your office is, as usual, full of advisers willing to give their two pens on the issue.

The Debate
1. “This is the result of insufficient security checks,” suggests @@RANDOMNAME@@, your Minister of Complicating Things. “If every signature across the nation required a counter-signature, forgery-resistant inks, a DNA test, family history checks, and an authenticity report produced by a staffer of my Ministry, I can ensure such forgeries would become a thing of the past!”

2. “Signatures themselves are already a thing of the past,” grumbles Bigtopian Technology Minister @@RANDOMNAME@@, videoing in from @@HIS@@ country. “No need to sign up for a process that can take weeks to complete. For a few million talls, my agency can assign you a secret super-safe password that — when typed — prompts our Bigtopia-based servers here at home to digitally sign your documents. A truly penless... sorry, painless way of doing it, for you and all your government!”

3. (unknown)

4. “Did you know that in medieval Maxtopia, anybody caught counterfeiting was boiled to death?” states your brother, carrying a history tome under his arm. “I say, great minds think alike, so why not re-introduce this practice? Nobody who inks straight will dare forge your signature if they knew they’d risk being put to death in atrocious suffering!”

5. “If you can’t beat them, join them,” whispers your Minister of Shady Things @@RANDOMNAME@@, clad in an ink-black suit. “Imagine if we hired these counterfeiters and asked them to forge your political opponents’ signatures. The whole concept of consent would be in our... I mean your hands now.”

Issue by The Celestial Kingdom of San Pera
Edited by Altmer Dominion


Yet another new issue :o Alas, no draft here so no clue about option 3 (yet). Names and gender (option 2) are confirmed random.

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Postby Trotterdam » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:09 am

#1263 Is the Signature Always Right?

The Issue

It took approvals for dubious government expenses claims, the surprising discovery of your name endorsing documents you have never seen, and your niece getting away with cutting school before government officials realized your signature had been forged. Now your office is, as usual, full of advisers willing to give their two pens on the issue.

The Debate

1. "This is the result of insufficient security checks," suggests @@RANDOMNAME@@, your Minister of Complicating Things. "If every signature across the nation required a counter-signature, forgery-resistant inks, a DNA test, family history checks, and an authenticity report produced by a staffer of my Ministry, I can ensure such forgeries would become a thing of the past!"

2. "Signatures themselves are already a thing of the past," grumbles Bigtopian Technology Minister @@RANDOMNAME@@, videoing in from @@HIS/HER@@ country. "No need to sign up for a process that can take weeks to complete. For a few million @@CURRENCYPLURAL@@, my agency can assign you a secret super-safe password that — when typed — prompts our Bigtopia-based servers here at home to digitally sign your documents. A truly penless... sorry, painless way of doing it, for you and all your government!"

3. "Did you know that in medieval Maxtopia, anybody caught counterfeiting was boiled to death?" states your brother, carrying a history tome under his arm. "I say, great minds think alike, so why not re-introduce this practice? Nobody who inks straight will dare forge your signature if they knew they'd risk being put to death in atrocious suffering!"

4. "Did you know that in medieval Maxtopia, anybody caught counterfeiting was boiled to death?" states your brother, carrying a history tome under his arm. "I say, great minds think alike, so why not re-introduce this practice? Nobody who inks straight will dare forge your signature if they knew they'd risk being put to death in atrocious suffering!"

5. "If you can't beat them, join them," whispers your Minister of Shady Things @@RANDOMNAME@@, clad in an ink-black suit. "Imagine if we hired these counterfeiters and asked them to forge your political opponents' signatures. The whole concept of consent would be in our... I mean your hands now."

Issue by San Pera
Edited by Altmer Dominion
I'm trusting TalAkMaChen on the randomness of the names and the content of option 4. Note a macro in option 2 that TalAkMaChen missed.

I don't know what the difference between options 3 and 4 is, since their texts are completely identical and all evidence points to them also having the same effect line. Maybe different effect intensities depending on whether your nation already had capital punishment?

I actually had this issue before but forgot to report it when I had the chance :(

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:27 pm

Oh good point in option 2, missed that one.
Also, option 2 is not visible for "No Computer"-Policy nations -- hard to "video in" without such devices.

Given the story behind options 1/2 in #1214, this option 3/4 could be the same. Yet at #1214 at least the wording was slightly different ("..continue to ...")

Edit: I just got #1263 at Aragesh, which was no Capital Punishment and received option 3. So my guess is: option 3 is for nations without Capital Punishment, while option 4 is for those who already have it (I got option 4 here at Tal). Still no clue why that would be split up if it is the very same text and effect, but the editor will have thought of something useful there. :eyebrow:
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Postby Trotterdam » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:01 pm

TalAkMaChen wrote:Also, option 2 is not visible for "No Computer"-Policy nations -- hard to "video in" without such devices.
Huh, but having the No Internet policy is fine? Autarky might prevent it too, though.

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Postby TalAkMaChen » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:22 am

Trotterdam wrote:
TalAkMaChen wrote:Also, option 2 is not visible for "No Computer"-Policy nations -- hard to "video in" without such devices.
Huh, but having the No Internet policy is fine? Autarky might prevent it too, though.


Aye, it could have more than one limitation. However, at War Dogs VIII ( Policies) only the No Computers sticks out to me as fitting.

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Postby Trotterdam » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:57 am

To clarify: I tested my database. It is possible to get that option with No Internet, so long as you don't also have No Computers or Autarky.

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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:23 am

Fixed, now requires internet.

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Postby The Candy Of Bottles » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:16 pm

1,264: Flooding the Market

The Issue
Recent floods devastated low-lying areas, and the affected areas are only just starting to recover. Now, news is emerging that during the disaster many local retailers were found to have significantly elevated prices for basic necessities such as water, blankets, flashlights, and matsutake mushrooms.

The Debate
0.) “The sheer nerve!” gasps disaster survivor and multimillionaire actor Cortana McBoatface, who is wearing nothing but an old potato sack to elicit sympathy. “After we’ve lost everything, these predators had the nerve to profit from human suffering? These price gougers didn’t care how much they were hurting people, so the government must care. Fix prices in place for the duration of any disaster, and shut down any store that refuses to comply!”

Accept

1.) “Fixing prices in place isn’t enough,” argues charity worker Homer Song, pushing aside the disaster victim so he can take center stage. “Retailers can set whatever prices they want throughout the year, but during times of disaster they should be forced to discount basic necessities, for the sake of human kindness. These big companies can easily afford a temporary loss, and this way disaster victims don’t have to choose between bread and batteries.”

Accept

2.) “If they don’t like the free market, they shouldn’t be living in The Candy Of Bottles!” snaps Mega-Mart CEO, phoning in from his beach condo in sunny Manamana. “Look, our primary moral and legal responsibility is to our shareholders. Our prices are our own business, but hey, if the government is so desperate to give stuff for free to disaster victims, why don’t you just buy stock from us? We’ll even give you a bulk discount for goods near their expiry date, and that way everyone wins.”

Accept

3.) “Power to the People! Potatoes for the Proletariat!” chants pro-communalist speaker Michelle Bourdain, whose father is said to own half of Giant Mole County. “I ask you, why isn’t the government mass-producing and storing long-life foodstuffs, in order to distribute them for free during times of crisis and national emergency?”

Accept

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Issue by The Free Secular Federation of Nation of Quebec

Edited by Candlewhisper Archive


I suspect option 2 is invalid for communist nations.
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