As details of the Bowie bailout become public, the American people unexpectedly become furious at the stinginess of the bailout offer, taking to the streets in support of the stars. The notion of a UK-based conglomerate shaking down America's stars is more than the people can tolerate. A protest by Direct Action against the World Bank accidentally coincides with a protest by Phish fans against Bowie Bank, and the resulting police beatdowns are televised around the world, embarrassing the United States and underscoring the gravity of the superstar predicament. It becomes clear that any acceptable bailout offer will have to be backed up by federal guarantees on the investment. Lobbyists for the Bowie syndicate begin making the rounds.

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