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#440: Jumping The Sharknado [sedgistan; ed:Sedgistan]
The Issue
After another movie season dominated by sequels, remakes and spin-offs, cinema boffs have come to your office begging for action.

The Debate
1. "What happened to the classics of days gone by?" rhetorically questions renowned film critic @@RANDOMNAME@@. "The @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ movie industry used to be known for such masterpieces as 'The Modfather: Part One', 'A Clockwork Violet', and 'Once Upon A Time In The West Pacific', not the drivel they're putting out these days. If studios want to release films in @@NAME@@ they should give us something original."

2. "I didn't become a director to make films like 'Rise Of The Planet Of The @@ANIMAL@@s Revisited'," gripes @@RANDOMNAME@@. "But it's all the studios will sanction. It's such an expensive business making movies, and given the risks it's no wonder we play it safe. Perhaps if the government were to underwrite our projects, I'd finally get a chance to finish 'Heaven's Door'."

3. "Haha!" chortles @@RANDOMNAME@@, while watching 'Mad Max vs. Jar-Jar Binks 2: The Unrated Edition' on his smartphone. Shovelling another handful of popcorn into his mouth, he turns to interject, "Oh my god, this is the best part, guys. Will you keep quiet back there?"

 

Points to pay attention to:

  • Option 1, “if studios want to release films”: This means the ability for a studio to release a film any other way, has been removed — a serious restriction.
  • Option 2, “if the government were to underwrite our projects”: A clear indication that the Government will have to subsidize the movie industry, and that taxes will need to increase so that there is money available for this.
  • Option 3, “watching 'Mad Max vs. Jar-Jar Binks 2: The Unrated Edition' on his smartphone”: A hint that low-quality/not cinephile films are produced.

Actual results:

  • Option 1 in a triple-zero Psychotic Dictatorship kept all three Freedoms at zero.
  • Option 2 had the following effects in another nation (also didn't affect that nation's three Freedoms, which were 93/98/100 at the time):
    • Business Subsidization 57→60
    • Culture 21→23

    • Taxation 7→7 (unaffected), but actual Tax Rate 35.1→36.0

    • Commerce 20.3%→21.1%

    • Defense 16.4%→16.2%, Education 22.8%→22.5%, Social Equality 6.8%→6.7%, Welfare 12.1%→12.0% (probably due to less available government funds to spend, despite the tax-rate increase; please keep in mind that this nation has Environment, Law&Order and Spirituality at 0.0%, therefore these couldn't be adversely affected)

  • Option 3 lowered Culture in a nation with a feeble cultural level (9→6). It didn't affect that nation's three Freedoms (93/96/94).

Suggestions:

  • If you want to be oppressive, then choose Option 1.
  • If you want your Business Subsidization high, then choose Option 2.
  • If you want to keep your Pro-Market rating high, then dismiss the issue.
  • If you want your Culture high, choose Option 2.
  • If you want your Culture low, choose Option 3.
  • If in doubt, ask here — that's what this thread is for, anyhow.  :)
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The Issue

After another movie season dominated by sequels, remakes and spin-offs, cinema buffs have come to your office begging for action.

The Debate
  1. "What happened to the classics of days gone by?" rhetorically questions renowned film critic Robert Sherbert. "The Kingstononian movie industry used to be known for such masterpieces as 'The Modfather: Part One', 'A Clockwork Violet', and 'Once Upon A Time In The West Pacific', not the drivel they're putting out these days. If studios want to release films in Kingstononia they should give us something original."

     

  2. "I didn't become a director to make films like 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Tigers Revisited'," gripes Marleen Chandra. "But it's all the studios will sanction. It's such an expensive business making movies, and given the risks it's no wonder we play it safe. Perhaps if the government were to underwrite our projects, I'd finally get a chance to finish 'Heaven's Door'."

     

  3. "Haha!" chortles Lars Sparkle, while watching 'Mad Max vs. Jar-Jar Binks 2: The Unrated Edition' on his smartphone. Shovelling another handful of popcorn into his mouth, he turns to interject, "Oh my god, this is the best part, guys. Will you keep quiet back there?"

     

 

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