Page for November 19, 2003:


Commentary for September 15, 2018:

Hold on to your butts!

This page is almost completely different now to the original, except for a few recycled assets in panels 6 to 10, although the overall premise is the same -- the Conservative Party announcing a hitherto unknown candidate late into the election cycle. However, in the original version of this page... it was Mega Man.

Why...?

I guess I was following up on the joke of having Bass run for president the previous year. But it was very poorly handled and, ultimately, I reduced him to a parody of George W. Bush, which is deeply unfair to the character of Mega Man. Of course, it also betrayed my complete lack of knowledge back then about the Mega Man series as a whole. I knew, approaching this page for the remaster, that I needed to change this. I managed to explain away Bass's presidential bid as him exploiting a legal loophole that doesn't exclude robots from running, but I figured that's a technicality that would probably be fixed in time for the next election. Moreover, Mega Man would not run on a platform of fearmongering over terrorism, if he even ran at all (which he wouldn't).

I did consider creating a new character out of wholecloth for Sally to run against, but I figured it was better to go with someone who will appear again in the future, rather than just creating a one-shot strawman for Sally to look awesome knocking down. (Spoilers: She wins the election, as if that wasn't obvious... But, hey, it's the journey that matters, not the destination.) So I remembered Walter Haig, who does return in a somewhat prominent role in the United Earth Government later on, and I decided to bring him in.

But I didn't want Haig to just be a Bush parody yammering about terrorism to scare people into voting for him. Yes, that's part of who he is (with a very sinister racial angle to his views on echidnas), but he's also got things to say about economics (your typical conservative characterisation of leftist economics as "a free ride" for "lazy and entiled" poor people), as well as a good (or bad) dose of infantilisation and sexism towards Sally -- describing her as "a twenty-two-year-old girl [not woman] from the Islands".

I should point out something about that last bit. The Islands (formally, the Westside Archipelago) are a Meridian federal province made up of a number of Caribbean islands, which include Westside Island and South Island. They are one of the few places on Earth whose population is majority non-human. When a human dismissively says "from the Islands" (and it's happened a few times before now), that's often a racist dogwhistle. Is Haig racist? Towards echidnas, certainly, although he would deny it. Sadly, that's not at all uncommon. But is he racist towards other non-humans? I suspect not intentionally (although intentions don't really matter where racism is concerned). But he knows the party base. And that's who a racist dogwhistle is usually for.

I have an entire history of the Westside Archipelago worked out, but it's too complex to go into here. I suspect I'll need to write about it in the World section... eventually. Watch that space!

Due to the revisions, this page has also become the new first appearance of Marvolo Howard and Liza Oryza, who also become prominent political figures later on in Eon's World.


Original Character Credits

Charlene McFaire - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Senator Marvolo Howard - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Eon Squirrel - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Silky Fox - character by Vay Yates, sprites by Bethany Turner

Cookirini - character by Jessica Davis, spritees by Bethany Turner

Lianne-Ka - character by Lianne-Ka, sprites by Bethany Turner

Governor Walter Haig - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Senator Liza Oryza - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

 

Custom Sprite Credits

Sally Acorn - sprites by Bethany Turner

 


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