by Max Barry

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The High-Technate of
New York Times Democracy

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Government

Monarchy

The special status of a royal family is enshrined in law.

Devolution

Government power is substantially delegated to local authorities.

Public Protest

The right to public protest is considered to be essential.

Pledge of Allegiance

The daily singing of an anthem or reciting of a pledge is compulsory in schools.

Proportional Representation

Votes translate linearly to elected representation, with no seats or electoral college.

Term Limits

Elected representatives must leave office after a legally mandated amount of time.

Society

No Marriage

Marriage is prohibited.

Compulsory Organ Harvesting

Citizens have no say in the medical use of their bodies after death.

Vat-Produced Infants

Biological reproduction is prohibited.

AI Personhood

Artificial beings are legally recognized citizens.

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is compulsory.

Law & Order

Conscription

A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

Curfew

The nation enforces a national curfew.

DNA Harvesting

Citizen DNA must be submitted to the state.

ID Chips

Citizens are administered an under-the-skin ID chip.

Economy

Socialism

Industry is owned and run by the government in a centrally planned economy.

AI Planning

The nation runs an AI-backed planned economy.

Universal Health Care

The state provides health care to all citizens.

Cannabis

Cannabis may be legally purchased.

Nuclear Power

The nation is nuclear powered.

Space Program

The nation runs a space program.

Metricism

The state mandates the use of the metric system.

International

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The nation claims the legal right to use WMDs.

Climate Treaty

The nation is a signatory to an international climate treaty.