Finally we see new stories of the “Batman of the Netherlands”! Pim Pandoer!
Amphibious cars, smuggling, crime, inventions, inventiveness, gadgets, espionage. The Dutch Pim Pandoer already had it all in 1953.
Pim Pandoer 2130: exiting, smart, literary stories of adventure, engineering and science!
The shift from drug smuggling to politics in Pim Pandoer 2130 is a stroke of genius
Pim Pandoer 2130 is so much better than “Kapitein Rob, rebooted”
Who is Pim Pandoer?
From International Hero
As ex-smuggler, technician, nuclear physicist and electronics expert, he is just a very highly skilled hero, with many very finely honed skills. He had built by himself the Pegasus, a small submarine (mainly for use in rivers), which he lost in the second book. With the money he got as a reward in that book he built the Salamander, a red amphibious sportscar, which could be used as boat too. The Salamander was his usual means of transport in the series.
Pim Pandoer was originally, in the first book in the series, an opium smuggler, but that was because those times were more innocent. Pim Pandoer was on his way to becoming an evil villain, rather than just a smart guy making some money in a way not entirely legal, but a dramatic confrontation with his foster father in a sinking submarine saw his good side take over.
He is the best example of a dark hero, a hero with a traumatic past, a vulnerable one with a thirst for vengeance in the Dutch long underwear crowd; the “Dutch Batman” had arrived.
Pim Pandoer 2130. The story (a beginning)
After the alien invasion, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe are in reconstruction mode. Countries in Europe have been broken up in self-governing provinces using Game Theory and Win/Win and Zero sum games as a starting point for economical and human welfare. An old super computer is restarted and slowly things come into order again.
Pim Pandoer emerges in the chaos. At first a villeinous villain bitter and at war with the world for the death of
his her parents in the Alien Goelags, Pandoer slowly starts to understand the world is not as black and white as he believed.
The story starts with
Gert Geertje Welders, a short blonde all-Dutch misguided youth, growing up in the region of the Biesbos. Mentored by the devious Fred Balkenstein (a retired politician and statesman who milked his political position in many ways), driven with revenge and genius, Welders works his her way in local politics to re-purpose parts of the money flow towards their secret operations and destroy the Dutch society and the European Union by using the D.C.S.M. (Deep Cultural Sabotage Method) he she and Balkenstein have developed in secret.
All to give power back to the few.
A fragment from the story:
“My computer has calculated the short term effects of your new campaign and the results look good,” Balkenstein said. “Our D.C.S.M. is working well. It was a stroke of genius to put the blame on the Germans and claim the French had said this to you in a private conversation ‘you could not keep secret anymore for the public interest’.”
Balkenstein laughed and drew smoke from his cigar. “A stroke of genius, Geertje.”
“Thank you,” the young Welders said and smiled a sinister smile. “You taught me well, Fred.”
Gert Geertje becomes a loved public figure, using the still present hate for the Aliens and the role the French and the Swedish played into the fall of Europe, his her dark and sinister alter-ego — still under the influence of past Alien mind-control — is growing into the scourge of the Biesbos, stealing from the rich and giving it to the French.
Only at the end, where Welders almost switches completely to the “dark side”, the turning point comes: when one of his five foster parents — who took care of Welders as a child and survivor of the Goelag — begs him to see the broader picture as they are trapped in a burning Alien ship. To understand that the hate that is consuming Welders is only going to destroy
himself herself and kill the people she loves.
At the end of the story we see
Gert Geertje Welders stepping down from his her public position “to write a book”, but in reality to emerge as PIM PANDOER 2130, HERO OF THE BIESBOSCH.
Welders: A short bio
(Replace “him” for “her”)
Living in the Biesbosch area, Welders initially works in the Insurance of Bodily and Mental Health industry (IBMH). His interest in the subject leads him into politics as a speech-writer for the Netherlands’ Party for Liberty and Financial Independence for the People (LFIFP). He starts his political career as a parliamentary assistant to the party leader Fred Balkestein, specialising in foreign policy. He holds this job from 2120 to 2125. During this time Gert Welders travels extensively, visiting countries all across Europe, including Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Balkestein is the first Dutch politician to address the consequences of mass extermination for Dutch society, including a sharp criticism of Alien extrogants. He sets an example for Welders not only in his ideas but also in his confrontational speaking style. Political analyst Antoine van Bunsink to Gelderen will describe Welders as a “sorcerer’s apprentice” to Balkestein.
In 2125 Welders is elected to the municipal council of Tiel, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. He lives in Kanaleneiland, a suburb with cheap social housing and high apartment blocks, and which has a relatively high number of immigrants.
While a city councilor, Welders is mugged in his own neighbourhood; some speculate that this may catalyse his personal transformation. He is not rewarded for his time on the municipal council of Tiel, for in the following elections he will score well below the national average in the University city.
A year later, he is elected to the Netherlands’ national parliament, but his first four years in parliament draw little attention.However, his appointment in 2128 as a public spokesman for the LFIFP leads Welders to become more well known for his outspoken criticism of Alien extrogantism. Tensions immediately develop within the party, as Welders finds himself to be to the right of most members, and challenges the party line in his public statements.
He is expelled from the LFIFP parliamentary party, and in September 2128, Welders leaves the LFIFP, to form his own political party, The party of Welders (POW), later renamed the Party for Truth (PFT).