Minorities Demand Representation in TV Soaps
Erisianna's TV soaps--famous around the region--have come under fire for their lack of ethnic diversity.
1. "Every night my family and I sit down to watch 'The Brash and the Backstabbing'," says Pip Steele. "But where are the Liliputians like myself? Where are the Bigtopians? The Marche Noirians? People from those cultures can be just as brash and backstabbing, but we never see them on the screen. The government must act to remove this silent apartheid from our TV screens."
2. "Those Liliputians don't know how good they have it," says Tobias Gutenberg, spokesperson for the Tasmanians Against Ethnic Stereotyping. "Tasmanians are on television all the time, but always in crude, stereotypical roles. The answer is not to enforce ethnic quotas, but to award government prizes for the positive portrayal of minorities. That'll work better, and be cheaper, too."
3. "The government should do what now?" says TV studio executive Fleur Utopia. "You've got to be kidding. We make soaps here, not documentaries. I should be able to put whichever characters I want into my shows. Quotas! Government prizes! God save me! Hasn't the government got anything better to do? Why don't they just back off and let society work out these things on its own?"
The Queendom of Erisianna
UN Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights: Excessive Economy: Good Political Freedoms: Very Good
The Queendom of Erisianna is a small, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. Its hard-nosed, intelligent population of 9 million enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.
The government -- a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass -- juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 36%, but much higher for the wealthy. A large private sector is led by the Gambling, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration industries.
A large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, punitive tariffs protect local industry, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, and all recreational drugs are legal. Crime is relatively low. Erisianna's national animal is the fnord and its currency is the golden apple.
Erisianna is ranked 12th in the region and 58,935th in the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.