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Comic #4279

1 Serron: All right, we just need to purchase a new cargo and we can be off.
2 Iki Piki: Aren’t we going to spend some time enjoying the sights of Triana?
3 Serron: No, I don’t want to be in a place where there are no laws for too long.
4 Iki Piki: Why not?
4 Serron: How am I supposed to have fun?

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Two things.

1. My original script for this comic was:

1 Serron: All right, we just need to purchase a new cargo and we can be off.
2 Iki Piki: Aren’t we going to spend some time enjoying the sights of Triana?
3 Serron: No, trust me...
4 Serron: When you’ve seen the inside of one jail cell, you’ve seen them all.

But as I was assembling the comic, I remembered that Triana is a libertarian anarchy, with no laws and no police force. So there's nobody to arrest Serron for any crimes and lock him up in a cell. There probably aren't even any jail cells. (Unless someone wanted to run their own private "lock people up for whatever reason" system.)

I did ask my friends what else Serron could potentially be locked up in, receiving answers ranging from cess pits to basements to cupboards under the stairs. But none of those actually make sense as a joke simply by replacing "jail cell". Rather, they turn the statement into something you're more likely to greet with, "Huh? What?"

So I had to change the joke.

2. I was idly wondering a few days ago how I'd come up with the name Triana for this planet.

Then just last night my wife and I decided to rewatch the classic Roger Moore era James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. In it, Sir Timothy Havelock is an operative of the British Secret Service, working undercover in the Mediterranean Sea, posing as a marine archaeologist. His research vessel is... the M.V. Triana.

I'm pretty confident that, being a Bond fan for as long as I can remember, this is indeed the original inspiration for the name of the planet Triana.

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