The whole thing could be simply dismissed right there, but I find it somewhat interesting how totalitarian government is completely misrepresented in this story. Only in a fictional world would a dictatorship attack children in a lame Vulgar Display of Power. In real life the young minds full of slush are its biggest resource for gaining and keeping power. The easily indoctrinated youth are always among the True Believers of Fascism, Communism, Obamaism, 30 Tons of Garbage Movement, etc. The totalitarian system controls the education of children, sets them against their parents and the traditional culture and easily molds them into the desired image.
In reality it's the adults, the ones with the life experience to see through the lies, the ones who have seen the same empty promises made by others, that must be sent to the gulag. There's no silly game, no pomp and circumstance, just disappearances, unpersons and a climate of constant fear. Fear of the children, fully mind-washed, ready to report you for face-crime or hate posture.
I think its time for adults to start reading books written for adults. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn would be a good place to start, or George Orwell.