Tuesday, 10 March 2020

The Seven Cent Nickel part 1

Hi, Everybody!


And there is more High Society than you can shake a baby at.

Okay, so many many years ago, I was gonna write an article for Cerebus the Newsletter about the economy of Estarcion.

I was gonna call it The Seven Cent Nickel after this bit from Animal Crackers:

That clip cuts off the opening dialogue:
 Chandler: "In the last analysis, it is a question of money. The nickel today is not what it used to be ten years ago." 
Spaulding: "Well, I'll go further than that. I'll get off at the depot. The nickel today is not what it was fifteen years ago. Do you know what this country needs today?...A seven-cent nickel. Yessiree, we've been using the five-cent nickel in this country since 1492. Now that's pretty near a hundred years' daylight saving. Now, why not give the seven-cent nickel a chance? If that works out, next year we could have an eight-cent nickel. Think what that would mean. You could go to a newsstand, buy a three-cent newspaper and get the same nickel back again. One nickel carefully used would last a family a lifetime!"
Chandler: "Captain Spaulding I think that is a wonderful idea!"
Spaulding: "You do, huh?"
Chandler: "Yes."
Spaulding: "Now then there can't be much to it, forget about it..."

Which is pretty much the basis for the Estarcion economy in High Society. But, as I've been re-reading the series for 2019 (shut. up.) one of the many motifs I've been looking for is money, specifically references to the economy.

First is issue 3 (or page fifty-three of the first phonebook):
Borealan gold mines are failing, and Boreala is going broke.

Then, there's issue nine (or page one hundred and eighty-five):

Which shows how the devaluing of Borealan gold is affecting everybody else.

Then, in issue ten (or page two hundred and forty-eight):
The first panel: "Cerebus knew the military government would be delighted to at last balance their budget."

The next time economics shows up is the Palnu Trilogy, and there are alot of examples there, so I'm gonna save them until a later time.

But I'll leave with another bit of foreshadowing from Issue one:

"Ten times a thousand pouches of gold"?

See Church & State volume one:
Church and State has so many clever callbacks to the first phonebook.
 Next Time: Hobbs or Birdsong, maybe Margaret. I've honestly stopped paying attention...

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