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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 very large, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, cynical population of 163 million Nukapedians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.
The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.3%.
The strong Nukapedian economy, worth 9.73 trillion bottle caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Book Publishing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 59,662 bottle caps, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.
Nukapedia's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, the government is seen to favor Catholics, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and bicyclists are banned from major roads. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nukapedia's national animal is the deathclaw, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.
Nukapedia is ranked 4,489th in The East Pacific and 90,550th in the world for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 11 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.
National happenings are quick snippets of information which update every time we pass legalization.
- Nukapedia fell out of the world Top 10% for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
- Nukapedia fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
- Nukapedia was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, bicyclists are banned from major roads.
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, the government is seen to favor Catholics.
- Nukapedia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
Last week's issues
Reclaim The Streets!
Several major city streets were clogged with bicycles this morning, as the environmental group 'Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad' staged a protest. Several hundred riders ambled through downtown streets, blissfully ignoring the torrent of abuse hurled at them by thousands of motorists running late for work.
no Solution One: "People are sick of dirty, smelly automobiles," said protest organizer Billy Washington. "They're choking the city, the environment--our lives! Cars must be banned!"
yes Solution Two: "The only thing people are sick of is long-haired idiots riding their bicycles at two miles an hour on major thoroughfares," says committed motorist Sophie Wall. "People shouldn't be able to protest like this. The government needs to crack down on them."
no Solution Three: The Automotive Manufacturers Association, meanwhile, has called for government support. "It's clear that we need to boost the level of automobile support in this country. This protest this morning is a clear indication of... um... anyway, we need more government funds."
We opted to agree with Sophie Wall.
Cloning Research Promises New Breakthrough
Scientists using cloned human embryos for research are on the verge of a medical breakthrough.
yes Solution One: "It's really very exciting," says lab head Al Silk. "Until now, we've kept very quiet, to avoid being targeted by lunatic fringe groups who for some reason think it's wrong to clone human embryos. It's too early to promise anything, but we hope that one day we will have genetic cures for a whole range of debilitating illnesses. I certainly hope the government will support our work."
no Solution Two: "Well, if you have to be part of a lunatic fringe group to object to this barbaric practice, I'm a lunatic," says placard-waving protestor Naki Usman. "Of course it would be nice to cure these unnamed diseases, but at what cost? They're messing with the sanctity of human life. It's wrong, and the lab should be shut down immediately."
We opted to agree with Al Silk.
Appointment Of Spiritual Advisor
It's time for the government to hire a new religious advisor. Your people have narrowed down the candidates to:
yes Solution One: Catholic Archbishop Alexander Wilson: boasts an excellent track record, having rapidly increased church attendances in his constituencies through the "Reaching God Through Guilt" program. Seen as a solid choice.
no Solution Two: New Age thinker Steffan du Pont: a left-field candidate with some radical ideas. "For me, it's not about the name of your religion. It's about discovering your spirituality in whatever guise that takes. Some people call that a cult: I call it taking spirituality to the people."
no Solution Three: Finally, there's Robin de Castro. "If I am awarded the appointment, I will immediately resign," the ex-schoolteacher has declared. "Because, frankly, God is a big load of hokey. I'll be doing everyone a favor by just shutting up about it."
We opted to agree with Alexander Wilson.
This week's issues
Click though the tabs to view and vote on the different issues.
Power Problems Need Bright Solution
The oldest power station in Nukapedia suffered a catastrophic failure last night, plunging a third of Nukapedia's national power supply grid into darkness. There is no debate that it needs to be replaced, but the question is with what?
Solution One: "The solution is clear," says environmental activist Sarah Wong. "Wind turbines and solar power stations are the cleanest there are. We must switch power production to forms of renewable energy, which will never run out. The only minor problems are that wind farms will take up a great deal of space and of course we can't exactly rely on the weather. It isn't as though we control it. But think of how much healthier people will be without all that pollution!"
Solution Two: "Wind power? Solar collectors? Bah! Have you ever wondered when the least amount of strain is placed on the national grid? WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING!" exclaims Southern Nukapedia Electra official Steffan Zhu. "We need power under our control, and cheaply. Coal has been the cheapest and most abundant power source for ages. We don't need this airy fairy wind malarky when we have cheap and reliable power available for all. True, pollution will be a bit on the heavy side but I'm sure that's only a minor problem, with how well funded our health system is!"
Solution Three: "Now the way I see it is that it's either green, expensive, and sprawling; or compact, polluting and cheap. Wouldn't it be nice if we had the best of both worlds? Well, we can!" claims fission technician Robin Patel. "Nuclear power is reliable, clean, and although it isn't cheap, it won't break the bank. There is a risk of deadly meltdown, but this is relatively small, and the only people who could be against this are anti-nuclear protesters, but what do we care about those tree-hugging hippies?"
Child Casino Shock
Children as young as eight have been spotted gambling in some of Nukapedia's seedier casinos.
Solution One: Social activist Peggy Shiomi is outraged. "Gambling needs to be outlawed immediately. It's no wonder children are becoming sucked into the vice, with adults setting such a poor example. Gambling is a stain on Nukapedia's international reputation and it must be stopped!"
Solution Two: However, Crown Casino chairperson Buy Khan says, "What's wrong with children gambling? It prepares them for the realities of life, teaching them that success or failure is not due to hard work or intelligence, but the roll of the dice. Besides, if kids weren't gambling, they'd be spraypainting trains."
Buy A Better Baby?
A top fertility clinic has recently announced a new service allowing parents to create so-called 'designer babies'.
Solution One: "Embryo selection isn't really genetic engineering in the technical sense," explains Dr. Buy du Pont, owner of the Babies-2-Go Clinic. "It's more like being able to have a dozen abortions per month until you get the foetus you desire. I can't really see what's wrong with parents who can afford it being able to eliminate foetuses with undesirable genetic traits - like stupidity."
Solution Two: "Thou shalt pay for thy sins!" screams Emily de Castro, waving a crucifix. "This is just meddling with the sanctity of life. If these children are to be born with horrible defects then it's God's will and who are we to question it? This technology must be banned at once!"
Solution Three: "This technology shows promise," muses Jacob Janssen, Minister of Health. "But we can't trust the private sector with the future of our nation's children. We must place it under strict government regulation, so that we only screen out embryos with serious genetic conditions."
Solution Four: "This has got me thinkin'," says General Rebecca McAlpin, thumbing through a big folder marked 'X'. "If this technology lets us reduce genetic defects, then couldn't it work the other way? We could create ourselves an army of genetically superior soldiers! With our army of Super Soldiers, no nation would dare stand in our way!"