by Max Barry

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The Commonwealth of
New York Times Democracy

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Government

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

No Contraception

Contraception is illegal.

No Abortion

Abortion is illegal.

Euthanasia

Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

Law & Order

Conscription

A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

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.

No Drugs

All recreational drugs are prohibited.

Space Program

The nation runs a space program.

International

Climate Treaty

The nation is a signatory to an international climate treaty.

No Immigration

Foreigners cannot become residents.

No Emigration

Citizens are not permitted to leave.