When the collective of writers originally penned the classic stories based around the Battleship Bugerall, they never dreamed for one minute that they would one day take centre stage at the United Nations.
The success of the Below Decks stories has elevated the stories from cult status to a worldwide phenomenon over the last year. Now they have been employed by the United Nations as a mechanism to encourage the discussion of complex issues.
By setting debate within the context of the imaginary world described in the Below Decks stories, the UN participants can discuss issues without referring to real world events.
The writers of the stories were also invited to take part in several of the debates, and used the experiences of their characters as the basis for their discussions. All the participants wore outfits from the series, and several props were installed in the debating chamber to add to the feeling of being on a pirate ship.
Skoob, who narrates the chronicles of the ship's cook, made suggestions about world hunger and Captain Morse, commander of the vessel, gave his views on leadership and diplomacy. Many of the other writers contributed, but one notable absence was Roy Turse, who was not invited by the UN because they thought he would be unlikely to take the debates seriously.