Thats... thats utterly incredible. Insane and incredible.They went full Give The Unions What They Want, resulting in projected inflation hitting 44%. This proved near insurmountable and caused chaos on the streets.
Then, thanks to the two advisers they had chosen to assist them (they have 6 to choose from, with different approaches/strengths), the only two ways to seriously tackle inflation were to scrap the pound outright (resetting inflation to 0%) and peg the new temporary Anglodollar to the USD, or join COMECON.
Our smooth-talking man from the FCO argued for the American option, our frazzled academic from the LSE made her best case for joining COMECON. The audience were split and it was agreed a whole-room vote was necessary. By show of hands, they chose COMECON. Personally I think the FCO man did himself in when he suggested his plan could be used to agree whatever payrises the unions wanted, and then scrapping the currency outright thus voiding the deals. It seemed too much like foul play to the audience.
This then triggered a coup from the armed forces and the Yanks (complete with a Royal Marine appearing on the telly to order everyone to remain in their homes), who understandably weren't wild about Britain literally joining COMECON yes we joined COMECON actual COMECON.
The very trade unions we'd been working to stop striking were then approached and asked to engage in civil disobedience, basically go back on strike, as we attempted to create an emergency broadcast of our own and win any kind of legitimacy we could for the democratic government. The show ended with the outcome uncertain, a good speech having been given but some elements of the coup refusing to stand down.
I should stress that the Soviet-triggered coup ending is built into the show but rarely happens, and both policies exist as extreme options in the show – but them all coming together in this way, including the whole room having a debate and vote on it, was unprecedented and amazing.
There have definitely been foreign participants in earlier Parabolic shows - mine and @Alex Richards ' participation in "For King and Country" involved an interesting tangent where a Russian audience member argued with Meadow's character about Comrade Stalin's intentions.
I'm still not entirely certain if she was serious, or just really getting into character.
Definitely, I’ll do one. The show looks like it’ll be back next autumn so there’s a future reason to have some content floating around to generate interest, too.Meadow, have you considered writing an article when this is over about the experience and how different people handled it? I think it might be very interesting.