Been working on a draft of a fictional story set at Earth Embassy Ganymede. It’ll be like any diplomatic mission complete with intrigues, gossip, romance, and all the deadly sins. Anyway, this is part of the story where the embassy in Ganymede is suffering from some bad press and low morale. So the embassy’s senior management adviser released the following admin notice.
Earth Embassy Ganymede
Administrative Notice #05-011300: Morale
It has come to management’s attention that there has been a lot of chatter and hyperspace email about morale and safety at this outpost. This notice serves as a reminder to everyone under Ganymede outpost authority that discussion about morale is an unproductive use of work time. Morale is self-esteem in action; individuals who perceived that morale is lacking may need help in improving their self-esteem. Please make every effort to schedule an appointment to see the quadrant psychiatrist.
Ganymede management fully believes, like the 34th American President Dwight Eisenhower, that the best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. In that sprit, management formally informs all departments and employees that morale is not/not an issue and is not/not a subject to be discussed in hypermail, text, video, radio, verbal or any alternate manner of communication within and outside the mission. Anyone caught peddling these stories will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to curtailment of current assignment or a lengthy TDY to the outermost prograde moon of Carpo.
In an effort to be responsive to all concerns, below are some FAQs that the section had the pleasure of addressing the last 12 moons. We hope that the answers are useful to you and your families and help alleviate persistent concerns.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Ganymede a family-friendly post?
Absolutely. It is the most family-friendly assignment in the quadrant with excellent schools and some of the best apartments available in the sector. Living conditions are approximated to be similar to the home planet and the quality of life is super-excellent. Consistent demand for assignments to this outpost has repeatedly resulted in a long wait list at every rotation cycle.
I’ve been thinking of asking for a transfer to Ganymede. But I heard that life there is a big joke … I don’t get what’s the joke.
Life in Ganymede is not/not a big joke. Once you understand that Ganymede is too big to fail, you’ll find your groove. This is the place where you want to be. No other outpost will afford you the challenges and opportunities to excel and earn a fast-tracked promotion.
How safe is Ganymede given that riots are breaking out in all parts of the hostplanet:
Safe. Very safe, if you’re careful.
Ganymedeans breached the outpost walls, they can do it again, should I worry?
There’s no reason to worry. Ganymedeans are not/not anti-Earthlings, anti-humans or what have you. They were blowing off steam. Period. Now that they have, things should return to normal. If you think things have not returned to normal, give it time; things should return to normal. Soon.
There are assaults reported daily, it sounds like traveling around the hostplanet has become extremely dangerous. Is that perception correct?
Ganymede is the largest moon in this sector. Like any large, densely inhabited city on Earth (e.g. New York City, New Delhi, Bogota, Buenos Aires), crime is ever present. This is not/not unique to this outpost. Travel in pairs if needed, and bring your stun gun, if necessary.
The Manager for Planetary Services reportedly quit over extreme bureaucratic bullying, is this true?
Absolutely not. The manager quit because the official got too old for the job. Other employers in this sector throw old officials out the airlock. Fortunately, EaEmbassy Ganymede has a generous separation package specifically for older workers traveling back to the home planet.
There are rumors and allegations that some of the top Ganymede officials have, on several occasions, pushed and bossed around subordinates and threatened them with penalties. How accurate are these stories?
Have you ever heard of American poet, Robert Frost? He said that the reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Isn’t that an excellent point? Stop listening to rumors. Stop worrying. All our top Ganymede officials were handpicked and subjected to a battery of reviews and 360 feedbacks from friends, peers, and colleagues. All with spectacular results. They are all as lovable and huggable as Alaskan polar bears.
I used to have an open mind, then I got to Ganymede and my brains kept falling out. What am I doing wrong?
To keep an open mind, a person needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape. This works even in Ganymede.
I am terribly upset that my concerns have not been taken seriously. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
The management office works hard to address all of your concerns and aims to make every assignment to Ganymede a satisfying one. Unfortunately, all laser printer at post at this time do not have a stun setting. However, the procurement section is exploring the possibility of adding a stun setting to all laser printers with end of year funding.
Note that this is from a work in progress. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Morale is self-esteem in action, is a quote by Avery Weisman; WD-40 and laser printer quips are found items around the net.
I was, by the way, thinking of writing a complete set of Space Affairs Manual (SAM) and Space Affairs Handbook (SAH) for my fictional diplomatic service, but that sounded crazy, even to me. So I may stick with writing a collection of admin notices and cables that can be interspersed with the story. Hey, if I write a story using admin notices alone, would that fall under an epistolary novel category?
Ugh! Just saw that the Russians are interested on Ganymede, now. Well, dammit, I am not changing my fictional embassy’s name again, so don’t write to complain about that.
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