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Policies of the Council of Maowi

The Council of Maowi rules that all its citizens must be granted the following three basic human rights for all time:

  1. The freedom to do as one wishes, provided that in doing so, one does not harm, inconvenience or cause discomfort to any other citizen of Maowi against their will;

  2. The freedom to hold any opinion or belief in any matter, such as (but not limited to) politics, religion, economy or the environment; and

  3. The freedom to make said opinions and/or beliefs known and/or clear, provided that this is not done with a sole or main intention of provocation.

The Council of Maowi hereby pledges to legislate solely in accordance with the three key rights stated above.

Existing legislation in Maowi

No WMDs

Holding that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) cause great harm to citizens (such as death, intense grief and severe injury), the Council of Maowi rules that the use of WMDs violates human right #1 and therefore announces that the manufacture, purchase, possession, use and sale of WMDs is hereby illegal. The Council furthermore declares its intention of opposing the use of WMDs internationally.

Sex Education

Reasoning that educating children about sex enables them to make more informed decisions about their actions and lives, the Council of Maowi rules that mandatory sex education violates none of the three human rights and indeed furthers the ability of the citizens of Maowi in their fulfilment of of human right #1 and therefore announces that all school age children must receive mandatory sex education.

Cannabis

Reasoning that the use of cannabis as a recreational or medical drug is unlikely to cause unreasonable harm, inconvenience or discomfort to any citizen of Maowi other than the citizen using the drug, and observing the wish of several citizens of Maowi to use cannabis as a recreational or medical drug, the Council of Maowi rules that the purchase and use of cannabis violates none of the three human rights and is hereby entirely legal, provided that if a citizen smoking cannabis is asked to stop smoking by another citizen to whom the cannabis smoke causes harm, discomfort or inconvenience, the former citizen must stop smoking or move sufficiently far away for the smoke not to cause harm, inconvenience or discomfort to the latter citizen.

Euthanasia

Reasoning that banning citizens from willingly ending their own lives would restrict the ability of the citizens of Maowi to do as they wish in terms of deciding the course of their lives and so violate human right #1, the Council of Maowi rules that all citizens of Maowi are legally entitled to end their lives.

Capitalism

Noting that the interference of the Council of Maowi in the Maowese economy and market is likely to restrict the ability of the citizens of Maowi to do as they wish in terms of their financial enterprises and so violate human right #1, the Council of Maowi rules that private industry is permitted - and should be encouraged - within Maowi's market-based economy.

Marriage Equality

Holding that banning same-sex marriages would greatly restrict the ability of several Maowese citizens to do as they wish, and reasoning that same-sex marriages do not cause harm, discomfort or inconvenience to any other Maowese citizens, the Council of Maowi announces that allowing same-sex marriage is necessary to uphold human right #1 and rules that same-sex marriage is allowed.

Climate Treaty

Reasoning that international climate change treaties are an effective way of improving the environment, believing that a better environment is likely to drastically improve the quality of life in Maowi and holding that a bad environment would cause harm and discomfort to citizens of Maowi and so violate human right #1, the Council of Maowi rules that the nation is signatory to an international climate change treaty.

Universal Health Care

Holding that having to pay for essential health care limits the ability of the citizens of Maowi to do as they wish, the Council of Maowi rules that lack of free, universal health care violates human right #1 and therefore announces that the State shall hereby provide health care to all citizens free of charge.

Public Protest

Reasoning that a ban on public protest would significantly limit the ability of the citizens of Maowi to make their opinions known and clear, and therefore would violate human right #3, the Council of Maowi rules that the right to public protest is not only legal, but essential.

Gun Control

Holding that the use of firearms can only cause great harm to the citizens of Maowi (such as intense physical pain, death and therefore grief) and so violates human right #1, the Council of Maowi rules that citizens are not allowed to manufacture, sell, purchase or possess firearms.

No Automobiles

Reasoning that the use of cars is scientifically proven to cause devastating environmental changes which, in the near future, would cause great harm to all the citizens not only of Maowi but of the whole planet, and so violates human right #1, the Council of Maowi rules that citizens may not own or use cars.

Parental Leave

Acknowledging that caring for newborn babies can cause great inconvenience to parents, especially in terms of their employment and financial situation, asserting that parents should not be punished for something that serves to improve Maowi's culture, economy and wellbeing, and also reasoning that the problem of a lack of income during the time in which parents must care for a newborn baby significantly restricts the ability of many citizens to consider the choice of bearing a child, the Council of Maowi rules that granting a paid parental leave to parents is necessary for the furtherment of human right #1 and that all new parents shall receive a joint paid parental leave for ten months, to be split up between them as they wish.

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