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[DRAFT] Flip the Script

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Minskiev
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[DRAFT] Flip the Script

Postby Minskiev » Tue Nov 16, 2021 8:11 pm

Hey, thought of something so I decided to write it. I'm not too good at these though.
[title]Flip the Script

[validity]has free press, has computers

[description]After an untimely series of teleprompter malfunctions and verbal blunders in the largest national speech of the year, such as your Minister of Defense claiming to want to thwart the nefarious plans of one of @@NAME@@'s greatest allies, your Secretary standing in silence for 30 seconds staring at the IT technician waiting for them to notice the empty screen, and your Minister of Plastic Regulation uttering "sigh," "clears throat," and "breathes in," the media soaked the speech up and has started making fun of the government. The hashtag #AhhheoughughghghghhemThe@@ANIMALPLURAL@@AreDying trended on Twitcher the week following the speech and a common joke throughout the nation is to stare at IT people. An emergency meeting has been called to ensure that this never happens again.

[option1]"@@LEADER@@!" Your Secretary pulls you closer, far more threateningly than the night before. "Fire that IT technician and guarantee that all government teleprompters have constant power!" they holler, flecking spittle on your cheek in the process - a sure sign that they haven't cleared their throat in a while. "All of my friends and family members are taunting me! They call me 'the Lizard' now! What happened during that address must be fixed immediately. Someone also needs to wake up these geezers running our Ministries and make sure they're not just on autopilot during their speech, reading it all literally."
[effect1] teleprompters instruct engineers building the three-story-high batteries used to power government teleprompters

[option2a]"Why even have these ridiculous teleprompters in the first place?" roars your Minister of Defense. "Back in my day, politicians were honest and didn't need fake cues and scripts! We don't need these devices and whatnot getting in the way! Politicians need to have heart when they make a speech, and teleprompters aren't helping! For Violet's sake, that teleprompter had me attacking a nation in our sphere! Not those two-faced failed-state pinko commies..." They trail off.
[effect2a] the new heart requirement for talking has left regional finance heads across the nation speechless
[validity]capitalist

[option2b]"Why even have these ridiculous teleprompters in the first place?" roars your Minister of Defense. "Back in my day, politicians were honest and didn't need fake cues and scripts! We don't need these devices and whatnot getting in the way! Politicians need to have heart when they make a speech, and teleprompters aren't helping! For Violet's sake, that teleprompter had me attacking a nation in our sphere! Not those two-faced capitalist pig-dogs..." They trail off.
[effect2b] the new heart requirement for talking has left financial planning committee chairs across the nation speechless
[validity]socialist

[option3]"This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then forget thine lines!" cries your melodramatic Minister of the Arts, with one hand on their knee and one on their chest. "It is embarrassing that you all recycle the same phrases in every one of your speeches yet none of you can remember them! Mandate that government officials who are chosen to speak must be provably off-book before they speak. Now, if that requires my Ministry to help out, then I don't think a budget increase for the arts is out of the question."
[effect3] all the nation's a political playground
Last edited by Minskiev on Sun Dec 19, 2021 8:29 pm, edited 11 times in total.
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Postby Steelfeather Rapture 1 » Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:12 am

Comments about option #1:
The spitting on you thing in the first one is just unpleasant. Does clearing the throat even have anything to do with that?
The idea of everything in society depending a little more on an ever-reliable teleprompter system is comical sci-fi. It makes me imagine a society of many watertowers, frankly. Pumped water "batteries" are quite reliable AFAIK.

Comments about option #2:
What is the new heart requirement? I don't understand this one.
I think people would be pretty gentle to this guy, FWIW. It's kind of okay if a septuagenarian leader of an obscure ministry blunders in speeches.

Comments option #3:
I like this one.
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Postby Minskiev » Thu Nov 18, 2021 4:35 pm

Steelfeather Rapture 1 wrote:Comments about option #1:
The spitting on you thing in the first one is just unpleasant. Does clearing the throat even have anything to do with that?
The idea of everything in society depending a little more on an ever-reliable teleprompter system is comical sci-fi. It makes me imagine a society of many watertowers, frankly. Pumped water "batteries" are quite reliable AFAIK.

I meant spittle, couldn't think of the word.
Comments about option #2:
What is the new heart requirement? I don't understand this one.
I think people would be pretty gentle to this guy, FWIW. It's kind of okay if a septuagenarian leader of an obscure ministry blunders in speeches.

In the quote, where he says "straight from the heart". And there are plenty of jokes about old people, like that one Bernie meme a while ago.
Comments option #3:
I like this one.

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Salem: i hope Walrus gets DOS in a year and the black walruses gets raided
Andusre: cause like, cringe, we stan walrus
Moon: who gave a walrus RO powers
Spode: Does a walrus really have anything to say about other animals being weird? Like half of history is people trying to convert them into pool balls.
Comfed: Walrus is the only one here with the courage to expose liberal yahoos
~ Minskiev ~ AKA walrus
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WA Ambassador: Wallace Russell
Thrice Officer of the Rejected Realms
Formerly Speaker of the Rejected Realms
Author of GA#565, GA#581, GA#584, SC#362

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Postby Minskiev » Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:47 pm

I'll bump this
Salem: i hope Walrus gets DOS in a year and the black walruses gets raided
Andusre: cause like, cringe, we stan walrus
Moon: who gave a walrus RO powers
Spode: Does a walrus really have anything to say about other animals being weird? Like half of history is people trying to convert them into pool balls.
Comfed: Walrus is the only one here with the courage to expose liberal yahoos
~ Minskiev ~ AKA walrus
TRR Citizenship/TRR WA Staff
WA Ambassador: Wallace Russell
Thrice Officer of the Rejected Realms
Formerly Speaker of the Rejected Realms
Author of GA#565, GA#581, GA#584, SC#362

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Postby Minskiev » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:50 pm

Hm. Bump again.
Salem: i hope Walrus gets DOS in a year and the black walruses gets raided
Andusre: cause like, cringe, we stan walrus
Moon: who gave a walrus RO powers
Spode: Does a walrus really have anything to say about other animals being weird? Like half of history is people trying to convert them into pool balls.
Comfed: Walrus is the only one here with the courage to expose liberal yahoos
~ Minskiev ~ AKA walrus
TRR Citizenship/TRR WA Staff
WA Ambassador: Wallace Russell
Thrice Officer of the Rejected Realms
Formerly Speaker of the Rejected Realms
Author of GA#565, GA#581, GA#584, SC#362

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Postby Steelfeather Rapture 1 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:52 pm

Try "flecking your cheek with spittle in the process" as a better phrasing of that first one. Maybe strip the word "government" from the effect line, too. The idea of a society investing heavily in teleprompters as a key technology is funny. If the engineers are also using them, they're not just "government" teleprompters, are they?
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Postby Minskiev » Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:58 pm

Bump.
Salem: i hope Walrus gets DOS in a year and the black walruses gets raided
Andusre: cause like, cringe, we stan walrus
Moon: who gave a walrus RO powers
Spode: Does a walrus really have anything to say about other animals being weird? Like half of history is people trying to convert them into pool balls.
Comfed: Walrus is the only one here with the courage to expose liberal yahoos
~ Minskiev ~ AKA walrus
TRR Citizenship/TRR WA Staff
WA Ambassador: Wallace Russell
Thrice Officer of the Rejected Realms
Formerly Speaker of the Rejected Realms
Author of GA#565, GA#581, GA#584, SC#362

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Postby Authoritaria-Imperia » Fri Dec 24, 2021 1:07 pm

Hmmm, this feels a tad close to #852. :/ Not sure the draft is workable with so much overlap — you'd have to lean really hard on the angle of "teleprompters", and I'm not sure that's enough of a premise…
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