by Max Barry

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The Kingdom of
New York Times Democracy

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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.

Proportional Representation

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

Native Representation

Only native-born citizens may hold elected office.

Term Limits

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

Society

Marriage Equality

Citizens of the same sex may marry.

Polygamy

Citizens may have multiple spouses.

Atheism

Religious worship is prohibited.

Euthanasia

Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

AI Personhood

Artificial beings are legally recognized citizens.

Parental Licensing

Citizens must acquire a license in order to have children.

Sex Education

School-age children receive mandatory sex education.

No Smoking

Smoking is prohibited, even in private.

Law & Order

Capital Punishment

Citizens may be executed for crimes.

No Judiciary

The nation has abolished the court system.

ID Chips

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

Economy

Capitalism

Private industry is permitted within a market-based economy.

Maternity Leave

Women receive paid leave from employment for childbirth.

Universal Health Care

The state provides health care to all citizens.

Cannabis

Cannabis may be legally purchased.

Affirmative Action

Organizations are required to meet demographic quotas.

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.