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Memo to Jo Nesbø: Great Idea but Here’s your UK/US Version of Occupied!

I’ve been thinking hard about this Norwegian TV show premiering September 27 with the thesis that Russia invades Norway to turn back on the oil spigot after a radical environmental party comes to power and cuts it off.  Here’s the previous post I wrote on it.  I can’t wait to see it.  I don’t know how we’ll get it here but maybe someone in Mechanicsville has a satellite dish with TV 2 from Norway on it.

My memo to Jo Nesbø is: Great idea.  Fabulous and creative use of the EU and Putin in alliance.  It works because all successful political thrillers have to have some truth to them.  But let’s go one step further – you need a sequel after the ten weeks is up and the Russians are beat back by the resistance.   (I love your tagline in the trailer:  HVEM ER VILLIG TIL Å OFRE VELFERD FOR FRIHET  (“…who are willing to give up security for freedom”)  Fighting for freedom is always inspiring.

Here it is – perfect for the UK or US TV audience:

  • The UK votes to leave the European Union (in spite of the elites and most of the business and political community trying to keep the UK in and UKIP/Nigel Farage is the leader of the NO forces) – BUT Scotland votes on the same day to seek independence and remain in the EU
  • The Tories actually start the process of leaving the Union (in spite of every threat in the book) because they realize if they don’t, the UK will tilt to UKIP instead.  They set a date:  March 1, 2017 to leave the Union.
  • The Scottish parliament votes to meet and consider, based on the vote in Scotland, to do UDI – Unilateral Declaration of Independence and appeal to the EU (which does not have an army – not yet) to allow it to “remain” in the Union.
  • Midnight March 1, 2017 arrives – the Scottish Parliament, having met for several days, votes UDI and occupies all British institutions and bases – including Trident.  The Saltire flies proudly over all of Scotland.  They appeal to the EU to take them in.
  • When the UK attempts to reoccupy Trident – Russia invades Scotland (because of the EU asking it to) and offers it defensive support.
  • Some Scots want to fight the Russian/EU overlords – libertarians, angry pro-UK Unionists and Ukippers mostly.  That’s one group of protagonists.
  • Great Britain vows to retain Trident.  Genuine threat of nuclear war or terrorists getting a Trident submarine.  A crack team of UK Marines behind enemy lines is another group of protagonists and they meet.

That would be the first ten minutes of the new show.  Great advertisement for why the UK (and other EU nations ought to apply the Nancy Reagan approach:  Just Say No to the EU.  Instead, instant hit in the UK and the USA.  No pesky subtitles!

Should only take about 500,000 Kr (about $60k for the record) to hire a certain blogger in Virginia to consult with the writers!  (It would be a nice visit in Norway, a beautiful nation I have never in but would be thrilled to visit for a few months while we write script.  Might even be seen in public with beautiful Scandinavian starlets [because 56 year old dorky bloggers with a touch of Walter Mitty are in!] but never fear, my dear readers, I’ll probably be telling them about Jesus and astronomy and libertarian politics!)

The issue is:  Political thrillers have to have at least some basis in fact.  This one could almost be documentary of future events.  Tom White will be glad to put you in touch with me,  for a collaboration…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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