Ep2: The crossing

Translation of taped conversation that took place in [DELETED] last month. While the transcript has been altered to remove incriminating names, we believe the conversations took place as stated.

[SUBJECT 95]: The mayors and civil authorities in the [DELETED] area are asking why we won't let them run a ferry service across to [AREA01]. They say they are losing out financially because of our other restrictions in the area.

[SUBJECT 32]: Impossible! That would defeat the purpose of our restrictions completely. As it is, we have traffic confined to one point of entry, where we have our own people. We can't just put more of them straight into [DELETED] ferry port, they'd be noticed!

95: Then why not use the existing people there?

32: Are you kidding? They've been to "Customer Service" courses, been taught to be polite, efficient and fast. It would be a complete reversal to get them to do the job properly. Besides, other nationals use the port at the same time- it would be impossible to separate out the ones we want to harrass.

95: You mean our own people? They seem to be the ones using the land crossing the most.

32: Well, if they're stupid enough to work for THEM, then what do you expect!

95: What about the financial situation? Our Social Security people are screaming about the overspend in the area. Not to mention the crime rate going through the roof.

32: We already blame THEM for the crime and the unemployment, AND the finances. We'll just keep on blaming them!

95: Fine, but I'm sure we can't go on like this- our people are cracking already, and THEY seem to be carrying on regardless. I tell you, the plan's not sustainable for much longer!

32: Nonsense, they're just about to fall into our hands.

95: You said that last year- and ten tears ago, and twenty! We didn't have to justify the plan then, and people are starting to question it- people in the right places to shut us down! Especially since they've got some of their best people on the job- all our lot can do is shout abuse, and it doesn't work anymore!

32: It's always worked in the past, all you need is a couple of hot-heads on the other side, and any discussion turns into an undignified shouting match.

95: But now it's our people that are complaining- they say they're losing billions while we're keeping this up! Can't we just end this- people are saying it's detrimental to our whole economy!

32: Do you want them to shut us down? We'd be the ones on Social Security!

95: I see what you mean, but there must be a better way.

32: Shut up, and tell those traitorous administrators they can go to hell- they're not getting that ferry! Now, we've got other things to do...

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