Pt. 46 - "Insight"
"Vitavision" section of the New York Herald, Sunday, September 17th, 1972.
Page 2 has a headline "Fall Premier Highlights". Three paragraphs in
particular stand out.
Don Hewitt, the "Conscience of a Nation,"  hosts the 3rd series of
the news magazine program "Insight". With correspondents Stan Marsh,
Kenny McCormick, and "Point/Counterpoint" presenters Eric Cartman
(pictured on the right), and Kyle Broslofski (on the Left) (NUBS
, Sunday at 6pm)
"Closing Time, with Walt MacAnuff", a new nightly talk show featuring
comedian Walt MacAnuff. MacAnuff will have guests of the day, plus a
liberal dose of humor. Guests this week include musical group The
Crawfish, noted physician Dr. Gordon G. Leary, and actress Martha
Jackson. (NCCC , Monday-Thursday at 11:30pm) 
"Monday Night Football" returns with the highly anticipated rematch
between defending CFA Cup champion Burgoyne Generals, and archrival
(and 1970 NA Cup winners) New York United. (NABC , Monday 9pm)
. . .
September 17th, 1972, 6:40pm, EST. The vitavision tuner is receiving the
NUBS (National Union Broadcast System) network.
CUT to a silhouette of a man peering through a telescope. It's a stylized
shot. The NARRATOR voices over as the word "Insight" appears above the
We now return to the NUBS news magazine - "Insight".
Now, here's Don Hewitt.
We cut to DON HEWITT, who is a thin, young-and-old looking 50-year-old. If
someone from OTL were to see him, they might picture a cross between Peter
Jennings with Edward R. Murrow. In the background is a picture of the Kramer
Associates logo, along with several smaller logos of Kramer subisdiaries
(including CNA front Kramerica, World Locomobile, World Transportation,
Benedict Machine Tools, European Kramer, Kramer Finance, and, of course,
Vandelay). The title above the picture is "Caveat Venditor".
Our final story this evening, "Caveat Venditor"
is a play on the saying above the entrance to the New
York Exchange on Broad Street. Venditor is SELLER,
and the seller, the largest corporation in the world,
is former Mexican, now Taiwanese, Kramer Associates.
Founded in 1865 by Bernhard Kramer, the Associates
have played an important, some say domineering, role
in the history of the United States of Mexico. More
recently, the Kramer Bomb has changed the face of world
politics and war. It has also thrust Kramer into what
some say, is the role of the world's policeman.
This story focusses on the state of Kramer Associates
today. "Insight" correspondent Stan Marsh shows us
that while some view Kramer as a nation unto itself,
others think that Kramer's new political role will
doom the company, if it hasn't already.
We cut to STAN MARSH, an ambitious-looking 30-something correspondent.
Astute NUBS viewers know that he's the heir apparent to Hewitt's throne of
most respected investigative vitavision journalist.
I'm on the campus of Yale University. Many economists,
historians, and even minds in intelligence and law
enforcement, are still pondering the state of the world
after the events of 10 years ago.
CUT to the famous print of the Kramer Bomb exploding in an
undisclosed north Pacific location. MARSH continues voicing over as
the shot ends and it returns to him.
Last night on this campus, a debate was held to discuss
Kramer Associates. The debate featured Australian
historian Robert Sobel, author of popular history
book, "For Want of a Nail", and Yale history professor
CUT to SOBEL and MARSH in a room for an interview. Still in voiceover...
Dr. Sobel views Kramer Associates as a nation unto itself.
MARSH is now speaking in the room.
Mr. Sobel, you have quoted Stanley Tulin, a Kramer-funded
historian, throughout a lot of your book.
CUT to Sobel smiling, and back to MARSH.
Let me quote one of your footnotes, which is a quotation
from Mr. Tulin himself. "Ever since the Cortez era Kramer
Associates was a nation, and not merely a company. It had
an army, a population, a budget, laws, etc. - indeed,
everything a nation posessess except territory."
Mr. Sobel, do you agree with this assessment? And if so,
I tried very hard to keep my own biases out of "For Want
of a Nail". I even had a respected colleague, Frank Dana
from the University of Mexico City, write a critique that
I included unedited in the final book. But I do think that I
indicate that Kramer should be treated more as a nation than
as a mere company.
When I see Kramer, I see a possible future of nation-states
being replaced by corporate states. Even now, National Union
could probably become every bit the land-less nation that
Kramer Associates already is.
Kramer Associates is really leading the evolution of
political power in the world. They have produced many
advances, including the Kramer Bomb, ahead of other nations.
Mr. Sobel, recent news about Kramer suggests, in spite of
their advances, that all is not well with them. Several key
employees have either resigned the firm, or flat-out
_defected_ to other nations. Take, for example, the
so-called "Traitorous Eight" who founded General Computing in
upstate New York.
One of those eight even suggested that Kramer was becoming
more oppresive than Mercator's Mexico. Is that really the
future of world political power?
I think what you're hearing is a very disgruntled employee
speak about his former employer. I'm sure if you asked
anyone who has departed any company in this country for
another, you would hear similar disparaging.
CUT to shots of the Yale campus. MARSH is again voicing over.
Professor William English has been at Yale for 10 years.
He has written about the rise of the People's Coalition
in the 1870s from the view of the unusual Immigrant and
Conservative alliance. His central point in his book,
"New Friends in an Old Bed" was that unusual circumstances
were actually a harbinger of change in places that _caused_
the unusual circumstance. He sees a similar thing happening
with the unusual circumstance of the Kramer Associates.
CUT to the same room, but with ENGLISH instead of Sobel.
Professor English, what do you say caused the rise of the
The Kramer Associates became the power that they are right
now, the world's policeman if you will, because of two
factors: A Mexican government that rejected the very
environment that fostered Kramer, and a Global War that
allowed Kramer to grow unchecked.
So what you're saying is that Mexico forced Kramer out into a
world that couldn't control it?
Control isn't quite the correct word - I don't mean turning
Kramer into a state-owned industry. I mean... regulated.
Kramer Associates is a very impressive company, but in most
situations Kramer would just be in the business of... doing
business. It wouldn't be arming itself or maintaining the
police infrastructure it has.
You feel that Kramer cannot handle the responsibilities that
it has taken on. Why? We haven't had open warfare for 10
years - largely because of Kramer bombs.
Yes, but Kramer bombs in the possession of almost every major
world power. Not bombs in the hands of a single corporate
entity. Furthermore, that entity itself is trying to act as a
nation, when it cannot really levy taxes, or provide itself
all of the infrastructure that normally is provided by a
The rest of the world is pushing closer to either a great
boom in progress and economics not seen since Edison's
heyday, or possibly - pardon my Biblical terminology -
Armegeddon. The world lost control of Kramer, but that's
because the world is radically altering. It's very similar
to the rise of the People's Coalition in the face of the
_very_ unusual alliance between poor urban immigrants and
wealthy Conservative machine politicians in the 1870s.
And you're suggesting that Kramer will suffer trying to take
on those governmental roles you mentioned?
I believe it already is suffering. Some in the military have
suggested that they may try to take over an actual country to
sustain itself, but I personally think that we will see the
eventual dissolution of the Kramer Associates over the next
CUT to the CNA Ministry of Defense building in Burgoyne. Again, MARSH is
As Professor English has suggested, some view Kramer as
more than just an unusually large company or even nation.
Some view it as a threat.
Colonel Richard Briggs is an analyst for the Ministry of
Defense's intelligence section. He has found cause for
great concern in the Kramer Associates.
We cut to a different interview room, probably in Burgoyne. And Colonel
BRIGGS is sitting in the hot seat.
30 Submarines, 10 of them are capable of delivering Kramer
bombs anywhere on the surface of the earth, are prowling the
seas right now. Some of them fly the flag of Taiwan, some of
Scandanavia, but all of them are most certainly in the employ
of the Kramer Associates.
Are these a threat to the Confederation, Colonel? Or are
they just, in the words of Carl Salazar, "keeping the world
safe from itself."
You've reported on your own network that several former
Kramer employees describe Taichung as virtually an armed
camp? The CBI has investigated several wrongdoings of
Kramer's North American holding companies. Under the flags
of both Scandanavia and Taiwan, there's no telling what
Kramer can do.
But does something like the Vandelay latex scandal point to a
company with plans for aggression?
Trust me Mr. Marsh, we have reason to believe the Kramer
Associates are more than just keeping the world safe from
CUT to Burgoyne. MARSH is outside with his microphone, talking.
Because of the secrecy surrounding the Kramer Associates, one
cannot really discern which of the three I spoke with is
painting the most accurate picture. The truth may lie
somewhere in between, or completely outside anything that was
brought up here tonight.
The world is changing, however, and Kramer Associates will
play a role in that changing world. I asked Professor
English one last question. I'll end my report with it.
CUT back to Yale interview room.
Professor English, you mentioned either a coming great
boom in economics and progress, or, as you put it,
Armageddon. Which do you think it will be?
(nervously, but with a twinkle in his eye)
I hope that it will be a great step forward for mankind. We
may have a few violent years before we get there, much like
the Great Northern War preceded the Years of the Pygmies,
but I think we'll see great things happening.
CUT back to Burgoyne outdoors
I'm Stan Marsh, for "Insight".
We now CUT to commercials.
You see a wheat field in Southern Vandalia. The NARRATOR begins:
For 50 years, Kramerica has been the North American
face of the Kramer Associates.
You now see a brand-new 1973 "Earnest" Sedan driving along the road near the
wheat field. A happy family is inside (not that it matters, but in
race-blind North America, this happy family happens to be of mixed race).
We bring you cars, oil, steel, airmobiles.
We now see a shot of a majestic building in Michigan City - the Kramerica
We bring you everything you need. We're Kramerica.
New commercial. This time, oddly enough, it's for World Locomobile
competitor North American Motors. In particular, it's for the
family-oriented value-priced nameplate "Galloway".
At Galloway, we're excited.
Another happy family (this time all white), is gathering around the driveway
as a brand-new 1973 Galloway Guardian station wagon pulls in with Dad
The 1973 Galloway lineup is here. And it starts with
CUT to a teenager getting into his new economy car, the Go-Getter.
New for 1973, the Go-Getter is as easy on the eyes
as it is on the pocketbook.
CUT to another Vandalia farm scene, this time, with a pickup truck with bales
Our award-winning Galloway Giant still delivers
on the tough jobs.
CUT to a bitching sports coupe that'd make any OTL Chevy Camaro owner drool
with envy whizzing down an interstate-style freeway.
And don't forget the Goblin, 1972's Motor World magazine Car
of the Year.
At Galloway, we keep everyone galloping.
A small set of text at the bottom reads, "A North American Motors company."
In keeping with OTL's 60 Minutes and the like, companies just like to buy
time to advertise themselves to potential investors. This ad is no
A big machine is in the middle of a while-tiled room. It is a General
Computing GC-3. The camera starts about 10 feet back and continues to zoom
slowly closer during the narration.
This machine has helped change the way North America does
This machine has saved North American business over 100
million pounds in two years.
This machine will lead the world into a new age of
information and data processing.
by this point the camera closes in on the General Computing logo at the top
of the machine.
... is only the beginning.
The logo now stands by itself with a black background.
General Computing. We're computing the future.
We are now back in the studio with Don Hewitt.
Eric Cartman and Kyle Broslovski are on assignment,
so Point/Counterpoint will not be seen tonight.
Coming next week, on "Insight"...
CUT to a Peace and Justice Party Rally.
The Peace and Justice Party is the newest force in
Confederation politics. We'll learn more about the PJP,
and find out if they are being unfairly targeted by the CBI.
CUT to several Football highlight all featuring the skill of #5 for the
Ed Becker is the toast of Burgoyne, the CFA, and the entire
country. His face is plastered on cereal boxes, and his name
is on an entire line of sports products. Kenny McCormick
interviews Ed Becker for "Insight".
Scenes of Mexico, Vincent Mercator, and Immanuel Moctezuma.
Is there a power struggle brewing in the USM? President
Immanuel Moctezuma is purported to be in a power struggle
with de factor Mexican leader Vincent Mercator. We will
interview several Mexico experts to see who really is in
control of our western neighbor.
All of this, plus Point/Counterpoint, next week on "Insight".
. . .
 No relation to OTL's, but it's definitely a tip of the hat. Hewitt
became famous in his late 20s for reporting from some of the
worst-damaged areas in Europe. These reports swayed CNA public opinion
to support the Mason Doctrine programs and fuel the feelings of war guilt
in the CNA. To be truthful, he's just a reporter, and didn't have strong
feelings about Mason or his programs. He's very much like OTL's Ed
 National Union Broadcast System
 Northern Confederation Communications Channel
 Bonus points if you can guess the real origin of the acronyms NUBS
and NCCC. Hint: My first e-mail address in 1987 was
 North American Broadcasting Company