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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, genial nation, renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 876 million Nukapedians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

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 42.1%.

The Nukapedian economy, worth 60.8 trillion bottle caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 69,387 bottle caps, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister, and the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event. 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 1,390th in The East Pacific and 43,766th in the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 15 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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

  • Nukapedia was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event.
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister.
  • Following new legislation in Nukapedia, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country.
  • Nukapedia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Publishing Industry.

Issues

Last week's issues

Intersex Athletes Demand Level Playing Field

During the last Nukapedia Athletics Championship, a massive controversy arose following the revelation that double gold medalist Atlanta Johnson possesses both male and female sexual organs, despite being entirely female in external appearance.

noIcon cross Solution One: "How is this difficult to understand?" questions well-known sports commentator Fleur Anderson. "There are sports and competitions just for men, and there are sports and competitions just for women; we don't let men run in a women's race, so what's the difference here? And if it's too difficult to decide whether the athlete is a man or woman, then we shouldn't let them compete at all! Fair is fair is fair."
yesIcon check Solution Two: "I think I see a solution to all this," says Klaus Winters, your Minister for Solutions, whilst solving the crossword in your morning newspaper. "We should overhaul the entire sport system in Nukapedia so that people compete against each other based on skill, not gender. Sure, it might be expensive but it'd be worth it if we want everyone to be happy."
noIcon cross Solution Three: "We can't just stop there!" protests well-known LGBTQQIA activist Margaret Eliot. "We should completely overhaul Nukapedia itself to make it less hostile to those like Ms. Johnson! Schools, hospitals, workplaces - they'll all need to be changed! There should be public toilets catered solely for the intersex too! You can't put a price on equality!"
noIcon cross Solution Four: "You're not going to listen to that drivel, I hope?" your bald, heavily tattooed cousin says with a raised eyebrow. "You want to actually give these people recognition? Not only would they bring shame on Nukapedia in international sporting competitions, but they, and other non-conformists, are an insult to our nation. What we must do is banish those unlike me and my friends from Nukapedia; they are only an impediment to the success and dominance of our race - a master race!"


We opted to agree with Klaus Winters and have people compete based on skill level, not gender.

Bigtopian Bigwigs Beset Border

Following a bitter civil-conflict in Bigtopia that led to the overthrow of a dictatorial regime, leading officials from the deposed government are seeking refuge in Nukapedia. The new Bigtopian government is accusing these people of war crimes, and has demanded their extradition.

yesIcon check Solution One: Your Minister for Foreign Affairs, Declan Hendrikson, echoes the pleas of the international community, "These individuals are responsible for decades of oppression, the genocide of millions of Bigtopians, and horrific war crimes - their leader isn't called 'The Butcher of Bigtopia' for his carving skills! We can't just step aside and neglect our duties to their victims. These men must face justice in Bigtopia, whatever their fate."
noIcon cross Solution Two: "I vehemently disagree," says defence lawyer Lee Malik, running a comb through his hair and handing you his business card. "Now is not the time for hasty action. Bigtopia is not a stable state yet - send these people back and you're throwing them to the mob. They've committed no crime in Nukapedia, and they've come here for our help. Show some decency, and let them stay!"
noIcon cross Solution Three: "I have an idea," interjects Wernher von Grun from the Department of Defence. "Amongst these refugees are several top Bigtopian scientists. They may have carried out some terrible experiments with WMDs, but can we really afford to lose their expertise? Let them join our team at the Hexagon, and we'll develop weapons the envy of The East Pacific. After all, once the missiles go up, who cares where they came from?"

We opted to agree with Declan Hendrikson and make these men face justice.

Follow The Leader

A lowly bureaucrat riffling through some old paperwork has happened across a rather alarming and disturbing fact: the documentation affirming yourself as Nukapedia's head of state was filled out improperly and now, at least for the moment, Nukapedia has no official leader!

noIcon cross Solution One: "There is no need to panic," says Beth Longbottom, a senior archivist. "I've prepared a new document. All you need to do is sign across the dotted line and you will be our esteemed leader once again. Here! I've even brought a pen."
noIcon cross Solution Two: "Give me that!" interrupts your brother, incorrigible as always. "I've got an idea, bear with me for a moment... a few penstrokes here... a few clauses there... finished. Now you can set yourself up as Supreme Evil Overlord For Life! If you don't have complete control then where's the fun? That's what I say. I've taken the liberty of cutting some of the more boring departments, we only really need the police and military in my opinion. Oh! You get a free space hopper too."
noIcon cross Solution Three: "Hold on! Don't sign it yet! Have you ever heard the saying 'two heads are better than one'?" asks Akira Lee, your Minister of Complicating Things. "Well, what if we had SEVERAL? I propose we gather the most senior ministers of Nukapedia to act together as a collective head of state! That's a little more democratic than one person bossing everyone else around. Besides, even if you're not THE leader, your opinions are still deeply respected so it shouldn't be too much of a step down right?"
yesIcon check Solution Four: "As if ONE leader isn't oppressive enough!" says Jessica Leach, a little known representative from one of Nukapedia's more obscure counties. "Suddenly we need even more? This is a great opportunity for Nukapedia to lose elitist concepts like 'leaders'. My ma taught me that all men are born equal and yet even in a modern country like this one person can be named Lord and King of everything. One person should not have that much power! Government policy should be the equal responsibility of all Nukapedia's elected politicians."
{{No}] Solution Five: "If we did that, even some crackpot quango would have the same power as the Minister of Defence," argues Jake Jefferson, who happens to be the Minister of Defence. "That's insane. We need strong leadership to get things accomplished! Have you ever been in a meeting where everyone's opinion is, ugh, 'equal'? They go on for HOURS. HOURS! Believe me, trying to run a government that way will be a massive, fruitless headache. The leader's word is law, and if people don't get that then maybe a little show of strength courtesy of the military wouldn't go amiss."

We have opted to agree with Jessica Leach and spread government responsibility across all Nukapedia's elected politicians

This week's issues

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

Public Loudspeakers Shrill With Controversy

A recent poll on putting up huge loudspeakers in Nukapedia's cities for public government broadcasts has been brought to your attention.

Solution One: "This idea is brilliant, and Nukapedia can't afford to pass it up," claims Pete McKay, your Minister of Safety. "These loudspeakers can assure the public that the government is always here to help them. The potential here, to immediately warn citizens of an emergency such as an earthquake or a stampede of deathclaws or something, simply must be taken into account! This could save lives! And I suppose, when there isn't anything the citizens need to be told, you could always use them to broadcast patriotic messages like 'Like war we will never change.' and inform the good people which party to join and vote for with newsbriefs and such. It'll be worth it to strengthen the populace's devotion to our glorious nation!"
Solution Two: "I think people need to realise what this really is: brainwashing!" retorts Matilda Chicago, a wealthy marketer. "I don't want to hear all this flag-waving hogwash every time I go out for a walk. But when it comes to emergencies, I do agree that something should be done to warn everyone: we should send out messages on mandatory miniature radios that you can carry in your pocket. It could tell you things you need to know too, like what shoes to buy and such."
Solution Three: "To be honest, I can't see why we should put up with advertising at all," says Jamil Neumann, an anti-business protester. "All it is is some multi-billionaire or politician somewhere trying to make even more money while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. I say we ban it. Maybe the economy will suffer a little and some people may lose jobs but that's just a minor side-effect really, especially when you consider that no longer will our children be encouraged to fill themselves with junk-food because some guy on the telly tells them it's cool!"
Issue 1: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 23:59 on September 27, 2015, and so far 12 people voted.

Is Nukapedia Too Promiscuous?

The highly moral and religious pressure group 'Cuckolds And Cuckqueans Anonymous' has lobbied for the criminalisation of adultery.

Solution One: "Whatever happened to the sanctity of marriage?" asks Clint Sanchez while wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan 'Marriage is for life, not just for anniversaries'. "Whatever happened to lifelong companionship? Whatever happened to simple faithfulness because of love?! Adultery seems to be more of a hobby than anything these days! The government must impose the utmost punishments on those who commit this sin. A good old-fashioned stoning should sort it!"
Solution Two: "I don't agree with adultery either," says Virginia Ruff, a passer-by. "But, uh... stoning? You don't think that's a little extreme? If we find someone guilty of fornication we can just lock them up in jail. That way no-one gets killed and the sinners get justice. It's more expensive to the tax payers than a stoning of course, but I reckon it's worth it."
Solution Three: "With the greatest of respect, this is none of your business!" yells Aaron du Pont who is rumoured to have had more than a thousand lovers and even more children. "The government has no right to go about trying to dictate the laws of love and romance! Marriages break down, people move on - is it really the government's place to make people stay put? You must recognise the fact that the law has no place within the bedroom!"
Issue 2: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 23:59 on September 27, 2015, and so far 12 people voted.

The Empire Strikes First?

Reports indicate that several neighbouring nations are engaged in major weapons programs in contravention of international law and treaty, focusing public discourse on Nukapedia's foreign policy—specifically, its position on preemptive strikes.

Solution One: "We need to respond to these terrorist scumbags!" roars General Kirby Smith, turning a slightly alarming shade of purple. "I say we announce any illegal weapons program will be treated as an act of war! The risk of harsh words turning into an endless conflict that mires our troops in far-off lands for years at a time is a small price to pay for national security! If you don't act now, these foreigners will think they can push us around forever! They must be taught a lesson, for the good of the United States!"
Solution Two: Diplomatic bureaucrat Hack Fellow remarks calmly, "There's no need to go off half-cocked. It would be much better if we used an appropriate international body—the World Assembly, say, or a The East Pacific tribunal—to investigate these rumours objectively for us. That way we have the international community on our side, and no one can accuse us of playing judge and jury. It will be well worth the extra diplomatic costs and bureaucratic red tape."
Solution Three: "If these countries don't respect international law, why would they respect international agencies?" wonders political analyst Emily Clinton. "Our neighbours are acquiring these weapons for a reason: no one wants to pick a fight with a country that has weapons of mass destruction. The solution is simple: if we have WMDs of our own, they won't dare to strike at us. It may seem mad, but in this crazy world, it's the sanest thing we could do."
Solution Four: Noted pacifist and tambourine artist Jacob Suzuki replies, "As usual, our nation's proud leaders can only see violent solutions to our problems abroad. Wouldn't it be refreshing if they focused on achieving peace through communication and accommodation, rather than force of arms? You may call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
Issue 3: Who should we agree with?
 
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The poll was created at 23:59 on September 27, 2015, and so far 11 people voted.