This article was last updated on: October 20th of 2021
Created in January 2020 for the Final Project for Spanish III, this is the first modern piece of Willemstan Propaganda. The text translates to "Willemstan".
"That guy, tell him I'd give him an award for the best meme. I don't understand at all what you guys are going through but that's hilarious to me. "
- Izzy's dad on a meme Ian made about Williamston High School's decision to implement a three-lunch system, 08/20/2021.
Over Willemstan's history spanning several years, the propaganda industry taken many forms. At first, Willemstan propaganda consisted of mere flags, such as the WE-PP flag and Willemstan Industrial Union logo. However, begining in 2018, election campaign videos and images took off. During 2019, the industry expanded to include propaganda directed against Williamston High School staff. By 2020, the industry had really begun to take off, thanks to the Willemstan Civil War and Willemstan Coup, which provided a source of inspiration. Today, the main producers of Willemstan propaganda are Charlie Nolan, Ian Hampton, and Joey Badra.
Election Ballot Propaganda (December 2018 - December 2019)
See also: Willemstan Elections
Begining with the Winter 2018 Election, it was required that all candidates submit propaganda to be included with the form. During that election, these were mostly random images that had a caption on top. This practice continued with the Summer 2019 Election, but ended with the Winter 2019 Election. Notable examples included the following quotes:
- "Come to the Dark Side: We have Cookies." - Joey Badra.
- "vote for me to instantly die" - Eli Payton.
- “People suck, vote cat” - Annie Payton.
However, the best ballot propaganda was produced by Sean Kavanagh, who made a cursed image titled "please don't vote for me" during the Winter 2018 Election.
Sean's Winter 2018 Election ballot propaganda.
Election Video Propaganda (December 2019 - Present)
See also: Silly Goose YouTube Channel
Since the Winter 2019 Election, it has been a requirement that all candidates submit videos to the Silly Goose YouTube Channel. The idea for this came from Charlie's Summer 2019 Election, thanks to Charlie's update videos and Joey's campaign videos. During his videos, Joey Badra called to "make Willemstan great again" and answered qualification questions. Charlie interviewed Sean Kavanagh (chief of police at the time) and Ian Hampton (citizen at the time), and published additional videos including Eli's resignation from the election and the appointment of David G.
By the time the Winter 2019 Election came around six months later, video propaganda had rendered ballot propaganda obsolete. Charlie called for all candidates to submit videos to qualify for the election. During the Winter 2019 Election, Malcolm, Lucy the Goose, Andrew B, Sean, and Joey all submited propaganda videos. Lucy and Sean's videos were acclaimed by the Willemstan public. Lucy the Goose's campaign video was a shitpost with the catchy slogan of "Vote for Goose and not for Sean", while Sean's video involved him endorsing radical policies such as "mandatory water consumption" and executing Brooklyn.
For the Winter 2020 Election, Charlie, Natalie, Andrew M, Sean, Malcolm, and Sean submitted a video announcing their candidacy. Of these, Charlie's gained the most attention due to him filming it outside of Williamston High School. Futhermore, Charlie made additional propaganda against Malcolm, and Lucy the Goose returned to endorse Andrew Meyer and Charlie. The first Willemstan Debate was also released, showing all candidates describing and debating their policies. Several candidates also released endorsement videos during the election, a new type of video propaganda.
Anti-Delp Propaganda (2019 and 2020)
Main article: Anti-Delp Propaganda
Starting in 2019, members of Willemstan began creating "Anti-Delp Propaganda", which were memes targeting Dr. Delp. However, this soon spread to other staff members of Williamston. This whole thing began with Dawson Morgan's infamous "Angle Delp" school project. Some propaganda was even made by students who were not members of Willemstan. After a few months, propaganda production ceased.
During late 2020, production of Anti-Delp Propaganda started up again. However, instead of Delp, the main targets were Mr. Freeman, Dr. Spina, and the IT Men. This new wave was inspired by a resurgence of Willemstani interest in the IT Men and was primarly caused by Charlie Nolan.
Civil War Era Propaganda (June 2020 - February 2021)
Main article: Willemstan Civil War
The modern wave of Willemstan Propaganda began in June of 2020 thanks to the Willemstan Coup and Willemstan Civil War. During the Civil War, a propaganda contest occured and resulted in a lot of great images. However, this minor contest was nothing compared to what was to come. For the better paert of a year, lots of propaganda was produced, typically involving images of Eli and Sean as a callback to the Controversial Period. This wave was largely carried by Eli and Ian.
A propaganda created by Eli Payton during the Winter 2020 Election.
Empire of Willemstan Propaganda (January 2021 - February 2021)
Main article: Empire of Willemstan
On January 29th of 2021, Dictator Sean Kavanagh and his administration declared war on r/Williamston. The goal was the capitulation and total annexation of the subreddit into Willemstan. To accomplish this, the state drafted members of Willemstan to produce propaganda for other members of Willemstan to then take and raid the subreddit with. As a result, many members of Willemstan contributed propaganda during this wave. The most iconic propaganda was probably produced by Joey, Ian, and Andrew M. This sustained pressure was supposed to be the biggest raid on the community yet, and indeed it was. While the siege lasted a whole month, it was not enough to break the will of the sole admin of the community, and ultimately the effort became unpopular among the citizens overtime. Regardless, dozens of new propaganda images were produced in an incredibly short period.
Pro-Herek Propaganda (January 2021 - Present)
Main article: Pro-Herek Propaganda
The origins of the first Pro-Herek propaganda images can be traced back to a single video on Mr. Herek's own YouTube channel, which was discovered by Willemstan on January of 2021. Before this, Mr. Herek was a popular name in Willemstan due to his use of text to speech bots in an educational video he produced back in December of 2020. However, this second video, known as "Normal Probability Plot script", was a short parody video uploaded by Mr. Herek for his AP Statistics class. However, what made the video so iconic was that at the end of the video, Mr. Herek put on shades and moved his head around to the beat of the song. In January of 2021, Ian took a screenshot of this and titled it "Gangster Herek" in the file name.
Later that February, a clip of Mr. Herek's wheel of fortune win was briefly used as a meme template (also found on his YouTube). Eventually, Ian made a full gif of Mr. Herek putting on the shades and moving his head around, which he continued to use regularly for months. In February of 2021, it was used during a raid on small Discord servers under the Empire of Willemstan Directive. The gif was added into the SuS database in June of 2021, and had a chance of appearing when the word "herek" is mentioned.
On May 20th of 2021, Ian found a picture of Mr. Herek from a school yearbook from a couple years prior. However, the catch was that the picture of Mr. Herek was of him with a snapchat filter that gave him massive glasses. The picture was so ridiculous that he had to share it with Willemstan immediately, which he did under the caption "Raymond". This quickly became an emote on the Willemstan Discord Server and is probably the most popular propaganda image of Mr. Herek yet. On October 2nd of 2021, Charlie and Ian released a remixed version of Mr. Herek's "Normal Probability Plot script" song to Silly Goose.