July 11, 2009: Despite the rapidly increasing budget deficit of California - now at $26.3 billion - and the increasing difficulty of keeping vital services running and state employees paid, there is little urgency among the lawmakers of the state, who are largely preoccupied with fundraising as well as bills and other matters unrelated to the crisis. Attempts to focus on the finance of the state were blocked by partisans. The general population of California likewise seems apathetic to the current crisis, possibly numbed by earlier financial troubles.
Game and Story Use
- Use the behavior of the legislators to increase the sense of surrealism - and possibly black comedy in a nation or region in similar difficulties.