by Max Barry

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The Free Land of
New York Times Democracy

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Government

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

Euthanasia

Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

No Smoking

Smoking is prohibited, even in private.

Law & Order

Conscription

A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

Economy

Capitalism

Private industry is permitted within a market-based economy.

Cannabis

Cannabis may be legally purchased.

Metricism

The state mandates the use of the metric system.

International

Climate Treaty

The nation is a signatory to an international climate treaty.