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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?
  • Demonic Spiders: There are some characteristics that are fairly rarely contradictory, but often enough to result in a good number of citations in the long run if you don't look for it. Probably the worst is height, which is sometimes off by as little as 10 cm (which looks like less since they move up and down a few cm). It's a good idea to align those wall-hanging objects to provide a quick reference for height without having to read those dark little numbers on the side of the wall all the time.
    • Thankfully, it's easy enough to just use the investigation system to compare a person's height to the one listed in their papers (once you've bought the first booth upgrade).
  • Ear Worm: The game's droning theme song is surprisingly catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jorji Costava, a real Cobrastani hero!
    • So much so that in the final game, he can potentially save you and your family with the fake passports, no matter how many times you've sent him away.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The game proved quite popular among the Russian internet users, for obvious reasons.
  • Goddamned Bats: Anyone who gets something wrong verbally (length of stay, reason). If you miss it, boom, citation. If you question them, they will Verbal Backspace 100% of the time, so you have to go through this short rigmarole and it's never a free denial/detainment afterwards.
  • Good Bad Bugs: At least in some versions of the game, smuggling something under their clothes can cause people to be lighter than their passport states.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The dot matrix printer that issues citations when you make a mistake.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: A woman who is 181 centimeters tall and weighs at 73 kilograms can have "overweight" listed as a notable characteristic in her ID along with a face that resembles a puffer fish.
  • Memetic Mutation: Glory to Arstotzka!
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of a token clanking on your desk the same moment the matching Steam achievement is unlocked.
  • Narm: A rather unfortunate example for anyone who's played No More Heroes: the voice filter used for the Kolechian suicide bombers is almost identical to the Synthetic Voice Actor used for the splash intros to said game's bosses. It can be rather silly when you're expecting that epic guitar riff after hearing "FOR KOLECHIA!"
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • A completely accidental one, but still one that left a bad taste in people's (and the developers') mouths: Due to the way naming works for procedural generated immigrants, one of the strippers could originally be named "Anita Sarkeesian" also the name of a rather-maligned commentator known for feminist media critique. The game devs honestly did not know she existed, as many of the names used are submitted by fans, and when this was pointed out apologized profusely, then made it so the name could only be applied to normal travelers in a later update.
    • An immigrant's gender can appear to be incorrect, leading to the player having to make snap judgements. Early on, this cannot be disproved one way or the other and so you simply have to go by whether they "look" male or femalenote . Even later on, you have to force people to go through full-body scans to prove or disprove their claim. Not only do you run the risk of misgendering immigrants, you can also force them into an invasive searches, only to deny or detain them because their gender identity doesn't match up to their biological sex. It can make transgender players and transgender allies feel very uncomfortable. Then again, that's the point of a lot of the game's choices.
  • Yet Another Stupid Citation: After getting further into the game and becoming more proficient, you will likely resolve to never allow something as easy and frequent as an expired passport or invalid issuing city to go past your eyes unnoticed. You will just as likely do it again at some point, after checking almost everything else.

Glory to Arstotzka

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