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Greetings Nukapedians!

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 huge, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 211 million Nukapedians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.8%.

The strong Nukapedian economy, worth 13.4 trillion bottle caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Book Publishing. Average income is 63,572 bottle caps, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 184,111 per year while the poor average 17,395, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Bicyclists are banned from major roads, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, Nukapedia's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers, and young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables. 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 1,781st in The East Pacific and 62,374th in the world for Most Developed, scoring 54 on the Human Development Index.

National happenings
National happenings are quick snippets of information which update every time we pass legalization.

  • Nukapedia was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, Nukapedia's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers.
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.

Issues

Last week's 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?

noIcon cross 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!"
noIcon cross 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!"
yesIcon check 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?"

We opted to agree with Robin Patel

Child Casino Shock

Children as young as eight have been spotted gambling in some of Nukapedia's seedier casinos.

{noIcon cross 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!"
yesIcon check 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."


We opted to agree with Buy Khan

Buy A Better Baby?

A top fertility clinic has recently announced a new service allowing parents to create so-called 'designer babies'.

noIcon cross 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."
noIcon cross 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!"
noIcon cross 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."
yesIcon check 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!"


We opted to agree with Rebecca McAlpin

This week's issues

Click though the tabs to view and vote on the different issues.

Where in the Woods Is Cindy SanFrancisco?

After their daughter wandered off into the woods behind her house, a pair of teary-eyed parents interrupts one of your meetings, beseeching you to step up the rescue effort.

Solution One: "She's only t-t-three years old!" sobs the lost girl's mother. "She'll never make it out there in the wilderness all alone. She's going to d-d-d-", her husband steps in as she breaks down in tears, "Please, you have to do something! There aren't enough rescue workers out there. You need to hire more or divert them from other areas or something! What's more important than a child's safety?"
Solution Two: "Hmph!" scoffs Zack Utopia, your miffed financial advisor. "The nerve of some people! Do you really want to squander all that money on one kid? If you're stupid enough to walk off into the forest all by yourself, maybe you shouldn't make it to adulthood to have your own stupid kids. Survival of the fittest never hurt anyone – anyone worthwhile that is. We need to get rid of this unnecessary safety net. No more rescue teams. Then maybe parents will actually watch their moron kids."
Solution Three: "Search teams are just too inefficient," says Gertie Zhimo, CEO of Eye See You Surveillance. "Thousands of citizens searching high and low with no promise of success. Now what we need to do is implant GPS tracking devices into all citizens. Think about it! No more lost kids, no more fugitives, no more alibis. No need to ask where you were on the night of February 7th. We already know."
Solution Four: "Yer all missin' the heart o' the matter," barks Lee de Vries, a burly, crosscut-saw wielding lumberjack. "The problem isn't these lil' rascals gettin' lost; it's what they're gettin' lost in. If we chop down those damned woods, well then there won't be anythin' to get lost in, now will there? You give me and my team the OK, and we'll make those wooded deathtraps a thing o' the past!"


Issue 1: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 22:01 on June 6, 2015, and so far 15 people voted.

Diamonds Are An Expat's Best Friend!

Media outlets have been buzzing about the thousands of children abducted from their remote villages across the exotic nation of Brasilistan, suspected to have been carried out on the order of their own government. Reports are coming in that the abducted children have been sent underground to mine for diamonds, Brasilistan's most precious resource, but military intelligence suggests that some young Nukapedian citizens living there have fallen to the same fate.

Solution One: "The Brasilistani government have been pursuing aggressive and provoking policies for years, especially in their attempts to annex their neighbour Marche Noir. Now they're abducting and holding hostage not only their own children, but citizens of other countries!" booms General Prudence Goethe, slamming her fist on the conference table and urgently gesturing to a map on the wall. "We have sat idly by and now it's our people over there waking up in the middle of the night to bombs and soldiers destroying their homes! Leader, we must marshal our forces and intervene with the only language the Brasilistani seem to understand - violence!"
Solution Two: "The good general is surely exaggerating the threat here." Alexander de Jong, one of your trusted advisers responds calmly while drinking his tea. "Brasilistan is our foremost diamond trade partner, so we must approach the situation with diplomacy and targeted efforts. A knee-jerk military response is the worst thing we could possibly do here. I am confident that with some juicy incentives, the Brasilistani government will discover their error and immediately release our citizens."
Issue 2: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 21:59 on June 6, 2015, and so far 13 people voted.

Kids And Criminality: Whose Responsibility?

Recent studies showing that the sources of Nukapedia's most common street crimes (vandalism, muggings, joyriding, and witchcraft) are children under the age of criminal responsibility has prompted a national outcry for government action.

Solution One: "These damned hooligans are running wild on our streets!" splutters hard-nosed Sergeant Jennifer Delauter of the police force. "My overworked officers can't cope anymore! Everywhere we look we're being surrounded by mobs of unruly children! I need you to give me and my officers the power to dish out punishment to these little hoodlums. I don't care how young these kids are - they need to learn to behave properly as soon as possible. Even if it requires a short jail sentence of ten years or so."
Solution Two: "The last thing we need is a police force that prosecutes, convicts, AND sentences young kids!" yells outraged Child Welfare Officer Klaus Dodinas. "These youngsters are merely children being playful! Let them learn from their own mistakes! You can't tell me you weren't ever naughty when you were that young! Experience is the tree from which learning is a fruit, remember, and besides: the taxes needed to round them all up would be murder."
Solution Three: "Hah! Yeh're lookin' at this the wrong way!" says Elaine al-Zahawi, an elderly pensioner, hobbling up to you and poking you in the chest with a walking stick. "When I was wee, and if I was caught breakin' the law, me dad would've beaten seven types of bahoola out of me! If a kid's gone maladjusted and started nickin' cars and whatnot, look at the parents and punish them for not bringin' the tiny scions up right! Yeh can't blame a kid for the environment they were raised in an' that's that!"
Issue 3: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 21:59 on June 6, 2015, and so far 15 people voted.