Money printing taken to its logical conclusion.
Where to start. Mahinda has printed 1000 Rupee notes with his face on them. That’s OK, he ended the war and stuff. The notes themselves, however, look like they were made on PowerPoint and have no security details besides one hologramic strip. If you look at a normal 1000 Rupee note it says ‘Thomas De La Rue’ on the back left. This is a series British currency printer. The Mahinda notes have no such mark, so they could have been printed by Roadside Johnny in Weeraketiya. But I haven’t even got to the back.
I’m glad we liberated Japan
The front is OK. I dig the Mahinda Stalinesque chic and the sun is rising in the east and north and there’s rice for everybody, OK fine. I don’t think we should mangle warp the flag so much but passable. The back however, is ridiculous. It’s a main motif is a joint forces operation to recreate Iwo Jima except with a clip art Sri Lankan flag. There’s Toppigala, aircraft flying at each other and a boat floating in the air. You can also see a backwards ‘1000’, carried over from the other side. If you look closely at the soldiers they look Mongoloid, have no sense of perspective and, frankly, drawn by a third grader.
In more detail, there are none of the hard to reproduce curlicues and flourishes of the usual thousand. The numerals look like a basic PowerPoint gradient and even the vestigial hologram strip is about 1/4th the size of the original. It seems like any self-respecting counterfeiter could print this thing, especially now that it’s still in the WTF? stage of legal tender.
But I digress. I guess it works as an election handbill.