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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 huge, safe nation, renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-working population of 636 million Nukapedians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vault City. The average income tax rate is 40.7%.
The Nukapedian economy, worth 40.5 trillion bottle caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 63,752 bottle caps, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.
Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, and a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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.
Nukapedia is ranked 2,499th in The East Pacific and 67,544th in the world for Most Politically Free, scoring 48 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.
National happenings are quick snippets of information which update every time we pass legalization.
- Nukapedia was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
- Following new legislation in Nukapedia, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
Last week's issues
They Took Our Gubment!
Vault City media has been abuzz with gossip that Harold Weissenegger, a former bodybuilder and action movie star turned politician who immigrated from Smalltopia at a young age, is set to run for Parliament in the upcoming election. With Weissenegger already ahead in early polls, the legality of an immigrant running for office has been brought into question.
no Solution One: "You can't allow this," protests Buffy Jefferson, currently a distant second in the polls. "I've put fifty years of my life into this country, all to see a Smalltopian barbarian muscle in on what should rightfully be my job? If we don't take action now," she continues grimly, "who'll stop him when he's after your job?"
no Solution Two: "Why stop there?" queries Rosalia Wall, chairperson of the Nukapedian Nationalist Workers Party. "Immigrants are a danger to our society and cannot be trusted! Letting them in this country is one thing, letting them RUN it is an entirely different story. That's why we should ban immigrants like this 'Eradicator' from being police officers, judges, lawyers, or indeed any job that creates, interprets, or enforces the law!"
yes Solution Three: "I live here, work here, pay taxes here... well I live here," monologues Mr Weissenegger after smashing your door down for dramatic effect. "So there's no problemo with me running for office." As he tramples out of the splintered doorway, his last words are carried to you: "Or I'll be back."
We opted to agree with Mr Weissenegger and allow immigrants to run for political jobs
Super-Sized Pizzas Recipe For Disaster?
Papa Pallocci's Pizza Pagoda, Nukapedia's top pizza delivery chain, has unveiled a new "Leviathan Size" deep-dish pizza. Citizens and health experts alike have come to you raising concerns over the health implications of this new pizza.
no Solution One: "This is a public health travesty," says Jake Malik, a noted nutrition expert. "There is just no sensible reason for a pizza this big to exist! It encourages overeating which leads to obesity and all of the illnesses that go with it! It's clear that these companies aren't going to do the right thing without prodding. Obviously, the government needs to ban this greasy filth and make restaurants include nutritional information on all of their menu items!"
no Solution Two: "But the temptation - the temptation is still there!" cries morbidly obese health advocate Freddy Jamieson. "For years, I ate every kind of junk food imaginable. Just look at me now! Doctors tell me I've shaved twenty years off my life at least. This food is deadly, and we shouldn't tolerate it any more! All fast food restaurants should be banned, and their owners forced to pay reparations to their victims."
yes Solution Three: "That's preposterous!" replies May Barry, Head of Papa Pallocci's Public Relations division. "Our food is among the healthiest in Nukapedia! We offer an array of fresh veggies and the finest of meats. These radicals are calling for the government to intervene, but is it really the government's job to babysit our customers like that? They're big boys and girls, and it should be up to them to decide what they want to eat! They want pizza, so let them have pizza!"
no Solution Four: "Hey, man. I have an idea," says Bharatendu Plath, an aging hippie, barely suppressing a giggle. "This is all about healthy food, right? My bros and I were thinking about selling this pizza with locally grown organic ingredients and whole grains and stuff, right? It'd be good for you AND the planet, man. The only snag is we're a little short on start-up moolah. The government should totally, like, give us money to open our chain. We'd really appreciate it. Yeah, you'd need a tax hike to pay for it, but we'd totally save the world - with pizza, man!"
We opted to agree with May Barry and just let people eat whatever unhealthy dish they wish
Derailing The Gravy Train
A national newspaper has uncovered details of a number of politicians' expenses documents, publishing claims from gold-plated toilet seats to elaborate steak dinners for dogs. Following the publication, the general public is clamoring at your door demanding answers.
yes Solution One: "This is the sort of disgraceful behavior we've come to expect from our politicians," bemoans unemployed teacher, Fanny Deathclaw. "Look around you! No one else is living so extravagantly. We need to lower all politicians' salaries to the poverty line and put the kibosh on these claimed 'business expenses' too. Maybe then they'll understand how real people actually live in Nukapedia."
no Solution Two: "This is quite absurd!" scoffs Stan Dodinas, taking a sip of Bollinger '86. "We toil day in and day out keeping this country running, and this is the thanks we get? Newspapers snooping around our personal business, questioning what we need to do our jobs. We incur certain, necessary expenses that may look odd when taken out of context - and that's just what the media is doing! They're distorting the facts just to boost their ratings. Well, I say their prying eyes have gone too far. We need to outlaw this underhanded 'reporting' for the sake of the patriotic values that made this nation great!"
We have opted to agree with Fanny Deathclaw and lower all politicians' salaries to the poverty line and put a stop to them claiming 'business expenses'
This week's issues
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Is It Art Or Is It Porn?
Vocal members of the Moral Minority have been complaining and petitioning the government about the new art gallery displaying several provocative nude portraits by several famous artists. Moral Minority members claim these pieces of work promote prostitution and indecent sexual acts.
Solution One: "Stop my children from looking at smut! These artists are only perverts pretending to be artists! Think of the children!" says Stan Zhu, proud member of Parents Promoting Purity. "These artists are only going to rouse our innocent children to commit grotesque acts of immorality! Get rid of it all!"
Solution Two: "Well, I see that point, but we certainly don't need to ban inoffensive art, still lifes of inanimate objects, and such," says your sister, Ruby Barnes. "Perhaps we should set some guidelines for what is acceptable as art and what isn't. Artistic renditions of people getting it on are one thing. A bunch of fruit in a decorative bowl is another entirely."
Solution Three: "That is censorship!" says noted art history teacher Elizabeth Thiesen. "You can't ban art! It's freedom of expression; it's part of our culture. If anything, the government should be supporting these artists and their work, not listening to these prudish whackjobs who are scared of a little bare skin!"
Genetics Brings New Life to Extinct Species
Scientists have announced they are close to a breakthrough in their quest to revive the feather-bellied deathclaw, a species related to Nukapedia's national animal that has been extinct for more than a century.
Solution One: "I, for one, applaud their work," says scientist Freddy Longfellow. "And not just because I'm the project leader. This is an example of how Nukapedia's brains can mix it with the world's best. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be to have feather-bellied deathclaws frolicking in the meadows again? I say full steam ahead, and more government funding!"
Solution Two: "This is a sacrilege!", says religious leader May Zhimo. "These animals are extinct because God wants them dead. Cloning them would merely incur his wrath! If we proceed down this path, it'll be humans, not the feather-bellied deathclaw, who will be extinct."
Solution Three: "Now, come on," says Bharatendu de Vries, well-known philosopher. "You don't need to be religious to be unnerved by the top of this particular slippery slope. Today it's deathclaws, tomorrow it's dinosaurs, and we all know how that turns out. This research shouldn't be banned, but there must be strict government controls over its use."
Transsexual Demands Recognition In Chosen Gender
After the tabloid magazine "The Bun" outed a supermodel to have been born male, the state has annulled her marriage to her husband.
Solution One: "I have gone through twenty years of internal pain about my external appearance and I put so much effort and money into finally having the world see the real me!" says transsexual activist Tobias Li. "The government needs to recognize my true gender as well as cover the surgeries and medicines needed to get me where I am today!"
Solution Two: "Transsexuals are delusional if they think they will ever be members of their gender they wish they were." says right-wing radio show host Fanny O. "It is a biological fact that our gender is determined by our chromosomes, anyone who tries to act like the gender they are not should be immediately arrested and taken to a psychiatrist!"
Solution Three: "You know everyone, gender isn't a black and white proposition," states self-identified "genderqueer" Stan Cheswick. "There are XX males, XY females, and many people who have ambiguous sexual characteristics or just don't feel they belong in categories such as male or female. The government must recognize our existence!"