by Max Barry

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The Filibusters of
New York Times Democracy

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Government

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.

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

Marriage Equality

Citizens of the same sex may marry.

No Adultery

Adultery is prohibited by law.

AI Personhood

Artificial beings are legally recognized citizens.

Law & Order

Corporal Punishment

Criminals may be ordered to undergo physical punishment.

Economy

Capitalism

Private industry is permitted within a market-based economy.

Maternity Leave

Women receive paid leave from employment for childbirth.

No Internet

Citizens may not connect to the Internet.

No Automobiles

Cars are banned.

Space Program

The nation runs a space program.

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.