Princess Navina Visits Nueva Malvolia
For the Princess, its deja vu as she visits a colony of Malvolia where, as in Malvolia, rulers are committed to the philosophy of making their subjects miserable. The only difference is that Nueva Malvolia is a democracy. It uses elections to select public officials. Therefore, rulers must stay popular while at the same time running the country into the ground. How do they manage this feat? Through a fiendishly clever tactic: they pretend to have good intentions! They portray their vexing and destructive policies as compassionate programs to ensure fairness, help workers, and protect children.
To control the populace, Malvolian rulers have developed the occurama, an entertainment device that resembles television in its ability to turn people into brain-dead couch potatoes. The leader of the traveling party, Baron Kolshic, becomes addicted to this machine, and refuses to leave the country. The princess and her friends have to discover a way to antagonize the rulers into ejecting the whole party from the country.
(52 pages, illustrations, published in 1999).
A great read for young and old. From todays wasteland of political foolishness, Payne fashions a moment of pure delight.
Grover G. Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
A very smart satire. Paynes wit will open the eyes of readers of all ages to the true nature of the state.
Edward H. Crane, President, Cato Institute
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