Comic 625 - Press Gang...

26th Aug 2012, 8:18 PM
Press Gang...
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

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Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 12:40 PM edit delete
New Poll at the bottom - enjoy
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plymayer 26th Aug 2012, 8:41 PM edit delete reply

I remember something like this from Star Trek the motion picture.

McCOY: Just a moment, Captain, sir. I'll explain what happened. Your revered Admiral Nogura invoked a little known, and seldom used, reserve activation clause, simpler language, Captain, they drafted me!

That kind of pressure works. I'm lucky. There is practically no reason for them to ever reactivate me. And if they do, I'm going right back into retirement after I fail the physical. With higher adjusted pay for the trouble. :)
Centcomm 26th Aug 2012, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

hehe awesome comment i didnt even remember the Star Trek one ..
Fairportfan 26th Aug 2012, 8:51 PM edit delete reply


You're It!
Centcomm 26th Aug 2012, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

Rashala 26th Aug 2012, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

That knocked her off her little self rightious pillar some.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2012, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

just a wee bit
cattservant 26th Aug 2012, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Time to retract
The Bitch Queen act!

1. At least they respect her enough to appeal to her logic and not insult her intelligence.
2. Now we shall see if Dr. Silver is professional enough to do her best in spite of the situation.
3. Major Ramesy must have known this was a high probability outcome to start with.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2012, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

yep , pretty much hes known her a while.
Marcus Ramesy 27th Aug 2012, 2:19 AM edit delete reply

I had hoped she would do this the easy way..
rfaramir 27th Aug 2012, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
So she is a slave after all. New Troy is not just a Nanny State, it is a dictatorship.

The proper way to handle someone saying no to what you offer is to raise the offering's value. Forcing someone's decision is immoral.
Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

she still has a choice - and i wouldnt call defending someones home - "slavery" no more than military personell are drafted or "activated" in times of crisis.

Dr silver is well aware of the possablity of being tapped for Mil sec duty. as any citizen with useful skills.
rfaramir 27th Aug 2012, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
"What is compulsory national service but a type of slavery?"

Being asked is one thing. Being compelled is another altogether.

Perhaps her voluntarily-signed contract states that this was a possibility, like veterans on reserve status may be RE-called, which they knew when they signed on with our all-volunteer army in the first place. But being drafted (or pressed or conscripted) in the first place is indeed enslavement.
Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

In new troy there are diffrent "levels" of citizenship the "average" resident of New Troy has nothing to 'fear" from conscription - however with greater status comes greater responceablity - Silver was well aware this situation could occour due to her security clearance and job - Marcus did what he felt he "had" to do to prevent a long drawn out system of checks and balances that silver is more than able to take advantage of.
Marcus Ramesy 27th Aug 2012, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

a few things that are not widely known, I did try to employ Dr, Silver prior to the "Conscription" but I need her skills for this mission, and honestly, the security of the city is at risk, wich makes this a situation of City security, the Safety of the City is Mil-Sec's responsibility, I have worked with Dr. Silver for a few years, and know that she tends to play hard ball when she doesnt want to do something, no mater the monatary compensation, and I Have a day or so to assemble the team, get every one breifed, and get things under way, and I dont have time to play nicey nice with the princess of 3C... Citizenship holds responsibilities, and Dr. Silver works for 3C working on various Black projects and has the security clearance needed, she knows that at any time, as a citizen she can be called in to public service for the good of the city. was this a dirty move? Most definatly, will she be compensated for her time and work? absolutly!
cattservant 27th Aug 2012, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

Please consider that this story takes place in another Space and Time. Reread the first four pages to get an idea of how bad humanities situation was, and that Society is not really out of the woods even yet.
And now there is a very real chance that War and Destruction will destroy the fragile progress of the City States and leave everyone dying in the Wastelands!
So yes, invoking a four hundred year old draft law is not indefensible. In fact, it's too bad it became necessary!
Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 12:07 PM edit delete reply

excellent responce cat-
Marcus Ramesy 27th Aug 2012, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

it wasn't a law I wanted to invoke. I even tried to appeal to her motherly instincts. If I had more time I may not have had to use such extreme mesures, and if the risk to the city were not so severe, I would have found another tech and let her cry at how much he was payed, but I need the best, even if she is a fridged ice princess at times.
Tokyo Rose 27th Aug 2012, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

She could have refused and initiated legal proceedings that would have forestalled any punishment other than suspension from all government contract work. Note that she didn't. There are several reasons for taking this gracefully, such as wanting to preserve her good working relationship with the city government, knowing that Marcus really won't put her deliberately in harm's way, and WE WANTED HER IN THE STORY SO SHE HAD TO. :)

But yes, there ARE flaws in the facade of utopia that New Troy tries to maintain. We're aiming for at least a little complexity, not black-and-white New Troy Good, New Rome Bad. :)
Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

ok I really cant add anything more here , thanks Rose :D
cattservant 27th Aug 2012, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

If you can See, it's your responsibility to keep out from under the feet of the Invisible Elephants in the room!

"Thank you for your cooperation, Doctor."

Would it be too off the mark to suppose that Dr. Silver is angriest about being 'out maneuvered' at this point?
antrik 6th Oct 2016, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
"WE WANTED HER IN THE STORY SO SHE HAD TO." Best reason ever :-)
jon12 20th Apr 2020, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
mushroomisland 27th Aug 2012, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

lol. Her hate face fits her very well.
Centcomm 27th Aug 2012, 9:57 AM edit delete reply

Yes it does :D
CyberSkull 27th Aug 2012, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

When they aren't going to give you a choice, agree for a larger pile of money.
Dawn Hart 3rd Jun 2013, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
You know, there was an easier way to have persuaded Dr. Silver. Instead of saying "Veronica, her daughter's been kidnapped. She's too close," she could have been persuaded with something like, "I know you will do better work than Caliopy Tailor," or to have given her public credit that she earned for some other work already completed. The problem with doing work on military secrets is that you can't claim your accomplishments afterwards.
Centcomm 3rd Jun 2013, 8:34 AM edit delete reply

very valid points .. and one of the reasons shes upset.. :D
Steven-Vincent 5th Jul 2015, 5:42 AM edit delete reply

I love the expression on her face when she is thinking 'hate hate hate'. Very subtle but you can see the hate there in her face, yet also see that she's trying to keep it bottled up.
Centcomm 5th Jul 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

thank you .. its hard to get subtle emotions on Daz figures sometimes :D
Steven-Vincent 5th Jul 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply

Tell me about it!
antrik 29th Apr 2017, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
That's weird: I was actually thinking the expressions on this page -- and the one you are referring to in particular -- didn't come out quite as well as usual: her expression in the last panel looks more like concern to me than anger/hate/resentment...

(But then again, I'm not exactly good at reading faces.)
Oldarmourer 14th Jun 2019, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
I always find it funny how those who scream the loudest about 'rights' are the most unwilling to accept the responsibilities that go along with those rights and make them possible in the first place.

Looking at the current news some seven years on from this, it didn't take long for it to become glaringly obvious that this relationship is no longer being taught and that for the newest generation it's all "you owe me for something I haven't even started to earn and have no intention to"
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