by Max Barry

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The United States of
Inoffensive Centrist 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.

Pledge of Allegiance

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

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

Permanent Marriage

Divorce is illegal.

No Adultery

Adultery is prohibited by law.

Euthanasia

Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

Compulsory Organ Harvesting

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

Parental Licensing

Citizens must acquire a license in order to have children.

Prudism

Strict modesty laws govern how citizens may dress.

No Zoos

Animals may not be kept in confinement.

Law & Order

Capital Punishment

Citizens may be executed for crimes.

Corporal Punishment

Criminals may be ordered to undergo physical punishment.

Human Sacrifice

Religious sacrifice of human beings is legal.

Conscription

A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

Gun Ownership

All citizens are required to own a firearm.

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.

Cannabis

Cannabis may be legally purchased.

Slavery

Slavery is legal.

Affirmative Action

Organizations are required to meet demographic quotas.

No Nuclear Power

Nuclear power generation is prohibited.

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.

No Immigration

Foreigners cannot become residents.