The United States of Nukapedia has now been founded in the The East Pacific and we can now start to vote on our issues. Every week I will bring you a number of issues, each with a number of solutions which you can all vote on. The most popular solution will be put through.
About our nation
The United States of Nukapedia is a fledgling, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working population of 6 million Nukapedians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.
The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 10.9%.
The Nukapedian economy, worth 337 billion bottle caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Pizza Delivery, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 56,174 bottle caps, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.
Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nukapedia's national animal is the deathclaw, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.
National happenings are quick snippets of information which update every time we pass legalization.
- Nukapedia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
- Nukapedia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
Last week's issues
No issues were voted on the previous week.
This week's issues
Click though the tabs to view and vote on the different issues.
Military Demands Increased Spending
The Department of Defense has put its case for a substantial increase in funding for the coming financial year.
Solution One: "These are turbulent times we live in," says Defense Chief Roxanne Deathclaw. "Turbulent and dangerous. And the only sensible response to that, of course, is to build a lot more weapons. Unless we get the funding we need, I can't promise that we'll be able to defend Nukapedia's sovereign borders from rogue nations and foreign powers. Or those leaky boatloads of refugees, for that matter."
Solution Two: "NO MORE BOMBS," chant the protestors outside Parliament House, in a repetitious and increasingly annoying appeal. Spokesperson Samuel Trax, speaking through a feedback-afflicted microphone, says, "Nukapedia needs fewer weapons, not more! Make the world a safer place! Disarm now!"
Uranium Deposit Promises To Enrich Nukapedia
Prospecting company Nukes4U has uncovered a large uranium deposit in Nukapedia's south-west.
Solution One: "This is a terrific find!" claims Nukes4U CEO Gertie Mombota. "It will provide an enormous stimulus to our economy and create thousands of new jobs. It's win-win! All we need from the government is permission to bulldoze the rainforest that's on top of the deposit."
Solution Two: "You've got to be kidding," says Green politician Lucas Cohen. "This rainforest is thousands of years old! This country needs more environmental protection, not less. And to destroy the environment in order to mine uranium that then goes into nuclear bombs--well, that really sticks in my craw."
Solution Three: "There's no need for an either-or decision," says the government's Minister for Mining, Clear-Felling, and the Environment. "We can preserve most of the rainforest and allow mining of a small part. After all, think of all the good that the money from this uranium deposit can bring to Nukapedia."
Compulsory Organ Harvesting Proposed
Tempers flare in Nukapedia as civil libertarians and the healthcare lobby clash once again over mandatory post-mortem organ donation.
Solution One: "It's not as crazy as it sounds," says Dr. Roger Johnson. "Every day, people die because we don't have the organs to save them. Well, that and widespread under-funding of the health system. But the point is, if the government allowed us to take organs from dead people, we could save hundreds of lives a year. And come on, it's not like dead people need them."
Solution Two: "You keep your damn hands off my organs!" says alarmed hospital patient Hillary Lopez. "They are my organs, and I'll do with them what I like. The government has no right to my body."
Should Democracy Be Compulsory?
In response to a slow news week, certain highbrow newspapers have stirred up the debate over voluntary vs compulsory voting.
Solution One: "Compulsory voting makes about as much sense as having the death penalty for attempted suicide," says civil rights activist Heather Winters. "You can't force people to be free! You can only give them the choice. Besides, if all those derelicts who can't be bothered to get off their butts once every few years voted, who would they elect? I shudder to think."
Solution Two: "It's not contradictory at all," argues political commentator Sean Woolf. "The fact is, if not everyone votes, the outcome isn't truly representative. Some groups--like elderly gun nuts--vote more often than others. That's why we always end up with such terrible politicians."
Solution Three: "This raises an interesting issue," says Al Nguyen, your brother. "And that is: why do we need elections, anyway? Seems to me it would be much simpler if you just decided what was right, and did it. Wouldn't that save everyone a lot of time?"
Minorities Demand Representation In TV Soaps
Nukapedia's TV soaps--famous around the region--have come under fire for their lack of ethnic diversity.
Solution One: "Every night my family and I sit down to watch 'The Brash and the Backstabbing'," says Ruby al-Zahawi. "But where are the Lilliputians like myself? Where are the Bigtopians? The Marche Noirians? People from those cultures can be just as brash and backstabbing, but we never see them on the screen. The government must act to remove this silent apartheid from our TV screens."
Solution Two: "Those Lilliputians don't know how good they have it," says Abraham Peters, spokesperson for the Tasmanians Against Ethnic Stereotyping. "Tasmanians are on television all the time, but always in crude, stereotypical roles. The answer is not to enforce ethnic quotas, but to award government prizes for the positive portrayal of minorities. That'll work better, and be cheaper, too."
Solution Three: "The government should do what now?" says TV studio executive Mia Mistletoe. "You've got to be kidding. We make soaps here, not documentaries. I should be able to put whichever characters I want into my shows. Quotas! Government prizes! God save me! Hasn't the government got anything better to do? Why don't they just back off and let society work out these things on its own?"