Towertopia is opening its doors to the burgeoning interdimensional fiction market!
However, Towertopian culture is more... managed than that of some other worlds, and as a result all interdimensional fiction will be screened by the Towertopian Interdimensional Literature Evaluation Society (TILES) prior to releasing it to the general public. This group consists of representatives from a range of ages and professions, both genders, and various political alignments. It serves as a combination of censorship bureau and media critic office; its goal is to provide the Towertopian public with a selection of fine interdimensional stories that will help foster interdimensional exchanges of knowledge, culture, and entertainment -- while also protecting said public from dangerous falsehoods.
TILES imposes a somewhat heavier hand than is normally exercised with such things, but the prospect for problems and misunderstandings seems significantly higher here than for fiction of a more mundane origin.
The current censorship guidelines of the Towertopian Interdimensional Literature Evaluation Society are:
Rule One: Stories that are considered dangerous to public morals are forbidden. For example, a story that conveyed the message that law enforcement agents need to go outside the law in order to treat criminals more harshly and brutally than society accepts would be forbidden under this rule.
Rule Two: Stories that are considered dangerous to public health are forbidden. For example, a story that conveyed the message that vaccines are secretly poisoning the people would be forbidden under this rule.
Rule Three (added 5/24 in Update Three): Material that focuses primarily on low humor (crude slapstick, scatological jokes, etc.) will be rejected, especially if directed primarily towards children. The works evaluated by TILES are in some sense "ambassadors" of their cultures to a new world.
- Pornography (including written pornography) and stories that are deemed otherwise obscene or fetishistic are forbidden as violating both rules One and Two.
- Stories that glorify or promote dueling, suicide, euthanasia, or sexual practices contrary to the natural law are forbidden as violating both rules One and Two. Discussing these matters is not forbidden, but glorifying or promoting them is.
- All genres of interdimensional fiction fall under TILES's remit -- video games, music, etc. -- but "TILES" is a better-sounding acronym than "TIFES", so some precision was lost in favor of sounding cool.
(Update One, 5/24):
- No, a work that includes detailed sex scenes that are intended to arouse the prurient interest is not justified, even if all the sex scenes are purportedly necessary for the plot development. The opinion of TILES is that anything that is worth expressing and can be expressed via such means can also be expressed without such means; insofar as artistic expression compels one to address these themes, they should do so via more appropriate methods.
- Works that describe horrific atrocities in intense detail are very unlikely to be approved, even if they do so with an overall positive and uplifting message that clearly condemns those atrocities; there may be exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but this is especially unlikely insofar as those atrocities involve sexual abuses.
- Some works of horror, descriptions of war crimes, etc. may similarly be considered too psychologically disturbing to be justified even if in service of an overall positive theme.
(Update Two, also 5/24):
- TILES would like to remind those unfamiliar with Towertopian culture that "polyamory", while perhaps historically permitted in certain early stages of civilizational development, is considered ultimately contrary to human dignity and morality. It is not unacceptable to depict such relationships as existing, but they should not be portrayed as centrally uplifting or positive. (Works that depict such may in some cases be suitable for editing such that there is only one romantic relationship and others are intimate-but-chaste friendships.)
- Similarly, sexual relationships between people of the same sex are considered debasements of both sexuality and of intimate chaste friendships between people of the same sex. Again, it is not unacceptable to depict such relationships as existing, but they should not be portrayed as centrally uplifting or positive. (Works that depict such may in some cases be suitable for editing into intimate-but-chaste relationships or having one character's gender changed.)
- TILES wishes to note that, despite the above two clarifications, works should also not praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse unjust discrimination towards or vigilante persecution against individuals who have engaged or are engaging in these practices.
- Works that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse hubris, revenge, and vendettas between families or other social groups are also condemned.
- Works that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse the subversion/evasion of (or successful rebellion against) a just justice system (including cosmic/divine justice, though of course that is not possible in reality) are very strongly condemned. Works that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse the subversion/evasion of (or successful rebellion against) an unjust justice system are not condemned, though one might have to be careful about certain implications.
(Update Three, also 5/24):
- TILES is distressed to have to note that infanticide and "eugenics" are both contrary to public health and public morals and works that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse such will not be approved.
(Update Four, 5/27):
- Stories that describe sexual and/or fetishistic behaviors in the form of detailed descriptions of lustful thoughts, fantasies, pinings, hypothetical conversations, suggestive letters or messages, etc. will often be considered obscene and unworthy of publication even if the behaviors being fantasized about or discussed do not ever actually take place within the world of the narrative. (The concept of characters being attracted to one another, even lustfully or otherwise immorally so, is of course permissible, but certain specifics of that are not.)
- Stories that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse the idea that all moral authority is fundamentally invalid and one needs to rethink everything for oneself should be considered immoral and unworthy of publication.
- Stories that contain detailed instructions on chemical processes, formulas, etc. that can be used to create addictive drugs, deadly and innocuous-seeming poisons, or other hazardous substances should be considered dangerous to public health and morals and unworthy of publication.
(Update Five, 5/29):
- Works that are clearly lewd or fetishistic in their core setting or fundamental concept will not be approved even if the directly sexual elements have been removed prior to sending them to TILES.
- A previous guideline held that works that promoted infanticide or eugenics would be considered immoral. Infanticide because a child is deformed is still infanticide. In fact, it arguably counts as both infanticide and eugenics. Such will not be approved.
- Works that portray sufficiently outrageous offenses against natural law as worthy of serious consideration will be rejected even if those offenses are ultimately rejected within the narrative; this does not mean that one cannot have morally errant characters, but some things are really just beyond the pale!
- Works that praise, glorify, revel in, or endorse lying shall be considered hazardous to public morals.
(Update Six, 5/29):
- A previous guideline clarified that works that provide sufficiently detailed instructions on how to produce hazardous substances will be considered dangerous to public health and morals. This principle also applies to works that provide detailed instructions as to how to commit criminal, immoral, or otherwise destabilizing actions. This applies even if the likelihood of such action actually being carried out seems low -- for instance, technical descriptions of how an individual with sufficient resources could unilaterally modify the moon's orbit, causing widespread destruction, will not be approved.
TILES reserves the right to update or otherwise modify these guidelines as circumstances demand.
To submit a work for evaluation by TILES, please contact TowerNumberNine#3685 on Discord and wait for a reply prior to posting in the thread.
All works submitted will be responded to and either approved or rejected as seen fit. Works that are approved will also receive public comments/reviews from TILES; in the event that a submission is rejected, it should not appear here but public revisions to the guidelines or additional clarifying notes will be added to help TILES guide future submissions. If multiple works are submitted in the same message, some may be approved and others rejected on a case-by-case basis.
The Towertopian Interdimensional Literature Evaluation Society looks forward to seeing the wealth of knowledge, culture, and entertainment that the interdimensional community has to offer!