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[DRAFT] Highway Robbery by the Book!

Postby Palos Heights » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:13 pm

Doing some taxes for last year and looking at school expenses reminded me that I actually bought a textbook for $800. Having not seen an issue come to light yet regarding the insane inflation of textbooks (over 800% since the 1990's), I figured I'd take a crack at it. As always, feedback is welcome!

[title] Highway Robbery by the Book!

[validity] All nations

[description] Tensions have come to a head in the college student demographic as the latest university semester kicked off over rapidly inflating price of textbooks. An endless sea of beleaguered 20-somethings waving tiki torches has amassed beyond the horizon demanding an end to the exploitation of students through exorbitant textbook prices.

[Option 1] “ATTENTION @@LEADER@@!” shouts @@RANDOMNAME@@ from a megaphone. “We the oppressed, stressed, and consistently underdressed are tired foregoing meals and basic comforts in order to afford the required tools for our education! We, the future of @@NAME@@, have come before you to demand immediate action against the publishing companies to make our textbooks more affordable!”

[Fallout 1] not using a textbook as a coaster at a college party is considered a party foul

[Option 2] “@@LEADER@@ don’t let those tiki torch waving hooligans intimidate you” says McStraw-Field publishing company representative Goodman DiPyro. “Textbooks are an important aspect of the education experience and current market prices are reflective of this. How can a medical student identify the difference between a cyst and a lipoma without the most accurate and descriptive images possible? If the students had paid any attention to their studies they would know that helping the publishers is investing in @@DEMONYM@@ future.”

[Fallout 2] newer editions of chemistry textbooks offer subatomic images of everyones favorite elements


[Option 3] “@@LEADER@@, while our publishing friend here does bring up great points about the importance of education, these textbooks are absolutely terrible for the environment!” retorts your Minister of Higher Education @@RANDOMNAME@@. “Educating the masses is great and all, but not at the expense of our pristine forests! I propose that we overhaul the education system so that our students use interactive tablets with all of their learning material is digital and readily accessible. Goodbye heavy backpacks and hello 21st Century!”

[Fallout 3] strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down


[Option NV] “Duddy, who let the poors out onto the front lawn?” questions Richard Kensington-Wellington III, heir to the Kensington-Wellington fortune. “The work should have never been allowed to study in the first place. I mean, it’s quite obvious after all that only the elite of society should be educated, all of my friends and their duddies say so! In fact, I don’t want to see any more of these common folk in schools anymore!”

[Fallout NV] domestic housekeeping and landscaping are taught in schools in lieu of math and sciences

[Option 4 Validity] Has a high tax rate.

[Option 4] “No, no, no, no, NO!” shouts University of @@CAPITAL@@ economics professor Adam Keynes. “Subsidizing the education system will never see a return on investment worthy of the initial investment made as the costs will ultimately inflate the deficit overall. While there can be some benefit to investing in our future generations, there are far better uses of taxpayer @@CURRENCY@@ without inflating our national debt! I’d give you a list of some of these benefits, but I do not have that information presently on-hand. I do know that it is all explained in my macroeconomics textbook which you can buy from the University of @@CAPITAL@@ bookstore for the paltry price of 300 @@CURRENCYPLURAL@@!”

[Fallout 4] books bought from the University of @@CAPITAL@@ bookstore are often the basis for government policy
Last edited by Palos Heights on Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Divitalia » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:32 pm

If a person has chosen 209.2 or 209.4, they’re only valid for option NV
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Postby Ransium » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:34 pm

209.2/4 don't activate any policy flags currently, so we have no way of keeping track of what you trying to. I don't think I'd be in favor of making a new policy for it either. Maybe tie it to education spending or something else.
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Postby Kenmoria » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:35 am

It is convention to put [DRAFT] before the title so people know it's an issue draft and not a question/suggestion.
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Postby Palos Heights » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:42 pm

Ransium wrote:209.2/4 don't activate any policy flags currently, so we have no way of keeping track of what you trying to. I don't think I'd be in favor of making a new policy for it either. Maybe tie it to education spending or something else.
Kenmoria wrote:It is convention to put [DRAFT] before the title so people know it's an issue draft and not a question/suggestion.

Divitalia wrote:If a person has chosen 209.2 or 209.4, they’re only valid for option NV

I can't believe I forgot to put Draft up there. Sorry guys! Fixed it!

Regarding the validity, I thought maybe to tie it to a previous issue but I guess it's all for naught if my validity made only one option available based on a specific choice. I have gotten rid of the 209.2/209.4 references since there is no policy affecting this anyways.
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:59 am

I was sure there was already an issue about expensive textbooks, but I can't find one. Must have been a past accepted draft that was submitted then later deleted.
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Postby Australian rePublic » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:15 am

You need to make a joke about changing a few words to justify a new edition
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Postby Palos Heights » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:12 pm

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:I was sure there was already an issue about expensive textbooks, but I can't find one. Must have been a past accepted draft that was submitted then later deleted.


That there wasn't surprised me too. With all of the high school and college aged players of NS I figured someone would have done one by now but here we are!

Australian rePublic wrote:You need to make a joke about changing a few words to justify a new edition

I thought about it and would have likely gone for the option 2 to make the joke, but I had to choose between making the argument the DiPiro was making reasonable and making the joke regarding using spellcheck to justify a new edition. With the choices I made, I was struggling to find a way to work the joke in but I figured to go with something campy instead. I've been trying to work on making the industrial options less "villainous" or "greedy" and I had to sacrifice the editing joke to get that done this time around. Thanks for the feedback though!
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Postby Palos Heights » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:00 am

bump
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Postby Palos Heights » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:37 am

Another bump!
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Postby Fauxia » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:30 pm

What's with the all caps in option 1?
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Postby Palos Heights » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:46 pm

Fauxia wrote:What's with the all caps in option 1?


It's meant to depict the student yelling into the megaphone very loudly. "ATTENTION FAUXIA!" as opposed to "Attention Fauxia!". Too much?
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Postby Fauxia » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm

Palos Heights wrote:
Fauxia wrote:What's with the all caps in option 1?


It's meant to depict the student yelling into the megaphone very loudly. "ATTENTION FAUXIA!" as opposed to "Attention Fauxia!". Too much?
Oh. I guess not, though I am no editor
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