I was just playing “Papers Please” for the last hour and a half. In theory it sounds a bit dull - being a checkpoint inspector on Eastern Bloc border. It’s brilliant. I did OK until I couldn’t pay the state rent and was arrested. The fact you’re working to try and earn enough so your family doesn’t freeze/starve/die is a great touch. There are lots of those - at one point you are told by a girl she fears man behind her is going to steal her passport and sell her into a brothel. So you check his papers very hard, and find no legal reason to detain him. What do? You are but instrument of the Party Machine!
It reminded me strongly and inevitably of the kind of story I was telling with Ukrainebow Dashski, comrades!
Is such good game, I have bought gift URL for beloved follower so that they may play too! You can obtain key by entering great state labor lottery. Send Comrade Dashski an ask requesting entry to game before 7PM GMT today (that is like an hour and 20 minutes after this post was posted) and I’ll use a random number generator after 7PM to pick winner. All Glory to President Slavestia!
“Hello Comrades! My name is Zachenski!! I am what you americans call a “tech-support” pony here in Mother Equestistan! It is considered a very important job because I not only fix my fellow ponies computers but I also make sure that the power plants and everything are running smoothly! It’s a…
Is RP blog based in beautiful Equestistan! Brohoof, Comrade Zach!
Love your blog, love Brutaloo and by all means, bash on soviet all you want. Seriously though it feels very american to blend in Marx into soviet, Neither Lenin nor Stalin followed his teachings very well. It just feels bad to hear people think that Marx had that much to do with the soviet union. I'm not a communist, but I teach ideology and world history and as I said, Hate all you want on soviet, just... Yeah, show some respect to the great mind that is Marx. Finaly... Love your blog.
Thanks for writing! I am aware of, and sometimes troubled by inaccuracies in Ukrainebow Dashski. The important thing is that it’s intended to be a parody of oppressive government. Dashski always smiles and has an upbeat outlook (I think the latest update is the first in which she isn’t actually smiling, but she is about to be charred into zap apple powered ash); this is deliberate, to act as a counterpoint to the actual reality of Equestistan, the political witchhunts, ponies being taken away in the night and executed without trial, the torture of the Troikas, the indoctrination of the young Cutie Marx Crusaders, etc etc.
I think the “Cutie Marx Crusaders” is probably the only time Marx has been mentioned; and in that case I have to hold my hands up and admit that it wasn’t due to political inaccuracy but more the fact I surrendered to an irresistible pun!
As in this post, Dashski cartoons sometimes tell two stories; the text is Dashski telling us what President Slavestia has told Equestistan. The picture tells the truth, that Luneon Trotsky didn’t betray the workers but in fact remained true to her vision of a unified socialist Equestistan, got in Slavestia’s way of seizing complete political power, was murdered and then used as a scapegoat, yet another tool of keeping the population at large under control. People are much more likely to look to the protection of their own country’s government no matter how corrupt or menacing it might be, when they believe there are outsiders waiting to attack. That’s certainly not confined to Russia. The same method was used to encroach upon many of the rights and freedoms of the Americans immediately after 9-11, sometimes under the ruse of being a ‘temporary measure’ while the threat was at large, and rights stolen in that way are of course, seldom returned. So while the focus of Dashski’s cartoons is based on the era of Soviet Russia, that’s the kind of thing I’m taking a swing at in my small way.
Finally, I’m not a historian or scholar like you so I’m bound to mess up some of the facts even though I sometimes try to do a little research. Feel free to correct me!
Greetings to you, ponies of the Free West! I am Ukrainebow Dashski of the glorious nation of Equestistan! President Slavestia has requested that I act as ambassador to you due to my great knowledge of Western Culture, and in turn I am teaching you much learnings about our wonderful country! Please to be sending in your askings and I will answer, just as soon as State-appointed department for the suppression of Capitalist Sedition has verified they are A and OK!