“You’ve heard of the Caribbean Republic in the Caribbean”
Awkward English dialogue as written by a Japanese person. Even though it wasn’t Engrish, I still couldn’t follow what they were saying because it was so incompetently written and confusingly delivered.
Generally I don’t like doing the whole ‘recount the plot of the episode’ thing, but I’m going to try it this time around. There was a lot of crazy shit was happening with very little expositionary dialogue, making this all very difficult to follow.
Singapore’s Financial District went bankrupt and was dragged into the abyss by a scary tentacle monster. Because all the worlds economies are connected, this would result in a wave effect across the world and the collective potential of the population dropped several points. This reformatting of the world is the phenomenon they call [C]. This is what was happening when parts of New York to Shanghai were being wiped away by weird shiny cubes. The wave was about to hit Tokyo, but Mikuni wanted to prevent the effects of [C] by artificially pumping money into the economy. This money he got from ‘borrowing’ from the potential future of the country using the Financial District. That’s why the entire country’s future potential had dropped and the entire country went stagnant. With no future, nobody has any hope and don’t do happy stuff, like make babies and so on. So instead of the one time hit that [C] brings about, Mikuni’s method lessens the hit but sends the country into stagnation.
At least, that’s my interpretation of events. C doesn’t really like explaining things to you.
So what is the real world allegory being drawn here? I’m definitely siding with Chronolynx’s theory that this is a criticism of deficit spending. Now I’m no economist, and most of the stuff on the wikipedia article on the subject flew totally over my head, but the incredibly simplified version is ‘spending more than you earn’, usually in the case of the government. One of the arguments against deficit spending is that it burdens future generations with the debt your generation have collected through their greed. Or not even greed, just the desperation expenditure to fix your economy, or move your dying sister to a hospital that can care for her better. However, the further you sink into deficit spending, the greater burden you put on the future, which is where the [C] comparisons come in the strongest. [C] is saying that deficit spending is like selling away your future to protect the present. But you don’t spend money in a vacuum, so when you go bankrupt it has a much wider effect. The more people that sell away their futures, the less hope there is in the future.
Basically, [C] is saying that deficit spending is Bad because it will result in a hopeless future. Which is a pretty fucking big claim to make, seeing as there probably isn’t a government out there that doesn’t overspend its earnings. But don’t you think the giant golden floating ring in the sky looks an awful lot like one of those US National Debt clocks?