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by The Industrial Worker's Republic of Kronova. . 10 reads.

Policies

Government

Devolution - Government power is substantially delegated to local authorities.

Although the Presidium at the national level is supreme, it may delegate its power to democratically elected people's organs called Federative Councils, which preside over Administrative Districts and Semi-Autonomous Native Sectors.

State Press - Only state-controlled media is permitted.

All media in Kronova is run by the Ministry of Culture and Media, one of the many ministries run by the Chairman's Cabinet within the Presidium. As with other duties of the Presidium, management of local media is often delegated to local governments, albeit with some guidelines to ensure uniformity of message. Writer's Unions underwrite programs without much interference from the state, and media is permitted to run negative stories about politicians or the state without reprisal so long as they are factual.

Public Protest - The right to unfettered public protest is enshrined in law.

Free Speech is a tenet of democracy held dear by Kronovans, and this includes the right to public protest. The state and Communist Party of Kronova alike acknowledge the importance of public protest in assuring the voice of the people is heard, and permit public protests and organization so long as they are nonviolent and do not espouse any hateful or violent messages.

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

Children enrolled in 10-Year Schools (ages 8-18) begin every morning swearing allegiance to the Kronovan flag, as well as the Republic, its people, and the principles of the Kronovan Constitution.

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

People's Deputies are elected from the Administrative District lines drawn by the Presidium, with a proportional amount of representatives coming from each district. Semi-Autonomous Native Sectors receive artificially inflated representation in some instances to ensure they receive a large enough voice to be heard.

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

Term limits are established by law in Kronova to ensure that no one individual can influence the Kronovan political process past a certain point.

Society

Marriage Equality - Citizens of the same sex may marry.

Same-sex couples may wed and receive all the benefits and privileges of heterosexual couples.

Euthanasia - Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

Kronovans have the legal right to end their own lives if they are terminally ill and have spoken to a doctor and psychologist concerning the issue, or if while in a sound mindset creates a statement saying that they wish to be euthanized if they are rendered incapable of communication but alive.

Compulsory Organ Harvesting - Citizens have no say in the medical use of their bodies after death.

When a Kronovan citizen dies, all viable organs are removed from their body and stored for medical use later. A random number of cadavers not requested by their former families are retained by the state to be used for educational or scientific purposes.

Body Integrity - Citizens may not pierce their bodies nor circumcize their children.

Partially. Until an individual reaches the age of 18, only medically necessary procedures may be conducted on them. Non necessary procedures include circumcision, tattooing, piercing of ears or other body parts, etc. After the age of 18, they may consent to whatever they wish on their own body so long as it does not cause "permanent and grievous physical injury."

Prudism - Strict modesty laws govern how citizens may dress.

Partially. No national laws exist regulating the clothing of all Kronovans, but administrative rules (which carry the force of law) require clothing to be modest in nearly all workplaces managed by the Communist Party of by the various Ministries of the Presidium. Kronovans are by nature and tradition conservative dressers, so these rules are implemented to ensure the workplace remains professional.

Sex Education - School-age children receive mandatory sex education.

Despite their conservative natures, Kronovans consider it important to ensure young people understand sex and sexuality. Virginity retains no importance in Kronovan culture. Although the classes outline the uses and varieties of prophylactics, it also encourages young men and women to have many children in order to perpetuate the Republic once they are wed and stable in their careers.

Law and Order

Capital Punishment - Citizens may be executed for crimes.

Capital punishment in Kronova is taken very solemnly. As Kronova's criminal justice system is largely geared toward rehabilitation, an individual must be a serial, violent offender and be determined to be too great a risk for reintegration. Execution is painless and normally done with a captive bolt mechanism to ensure minimal suffering.

Conscription - A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

All Kronovans are required to serve for at least three years in the nation's armed services. Kronova's Civilian Services consist of the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and Civilian Police. The Civilian Police also consist of most of the nation's emergency services at least in an auxiliary capacity, and most spend their three years here as firemen, ambulance operators, etc.

Gun Ownership - All citizens are required to own a firearm.

Laws from the time of the Chalian Wars required all Kronovans to own and be able to operate firearms, in case the nation were invaded. Kronova had and continues to have a strong gun culture, and while these laws are technically still on the books, newer laws enforce strong safety measures to keep them out of the hands of the mentally infirm or children.

Curfew - The nation enforces a national curfew.

Kronova's curfew laws are primarily directed toward children. Children twelve and under may not be outside the home unsupervised after 8:00 PM, while children thirteen to sixteen cannot be out unsupervised after 10:00 PM, and seventeen and eighteen year olds may not be out after 12:00 AM unsupervised. However, for children ranging from nine to eighteen years of age, exceptions exist if they are on their way home from a recognized event organized by a school, sports organization or youth club, such as a Youth Pioneer League. Children and teenagers that break curfew are taken to the local police station and police officers inform their parents to get them. The age limits stated here shall be based upon year of birth, not date of birth. If a parent cannot be reached, the child or teenager is taken to a shelter. Temporary curfews during and immediately following natural disasters are also sometimes enacted for public safety.

Society

Socialism - Industry is owned and run by the government in a centrally planned economy.

Technically the sectors of the economy are split between the Communist Party, which is over most of the economy, and the Ministries of the Presidium, which only control "vital areas of public interest," such as education or the justice system. The Communist Party employs a bottom-top structure and is led by the General Secretary of the Party, as well as the Chamber of Worker's Deputies. The Party organizes workplaces in a democratic fashion and ensures each worker receives their fair share for their fork while also ensuring money is reinvested and that business remains profitable.

AI Planning - The nation runs an AI-backed planned economy.

Every five years, the Chairman of the Presidium presents a Five Year Plan to the Presidium for ratification. Traditionally, the Five Year Plan is outlined by the Chairman with the details filled in by their Cabinet and subordinates. However, in recent years AI simulations and projections have been submitted as parts of various Five Year Plans to reflect their soundness. AI simulations and projections both now make up a fair amount of each Five Year Plan that is submitted.

Child Labor - Children may be legally employed as workers and contractors.

Although heavily regulated by the Presidium and Party, students aged fourteen and up are permitted to take part in apprenticeship and internship programs corresponding with their educational tracks, to ensure that acquire practical experience in their desired fields. These programs, while designed to primarily reward with experience, are also required to give a small stipend to cover any costs incurred and as incentive as well.

Maternity Leave - Mothers of newborn children received paid leave from employment.

Kronovan mothers are guaranteed at least a year of maternity leave with full pay after giving birth, with more time tacked on if she or the baby experience medical issues. Fathers are given half a year on half pay, although their time can be increased as well if the child is seriously ill. All wages for parents on paternity leave are subsidized by the state rather than being paid for directly by the commune/union/etc.

Universal Healthcare - The state provides health care to all citizens.

All healthcare in Kronova is covered by the Ministry of Health and Public works. The National Health Service is divided into three levels, each with varying specialties. All healthcare is paid for by taxes in Kronova and free to any citizen.

Autarky - The nation pursues a policy of economic self-sufficiency.

From the earliest years of the Republic, Kronova has required that all necessary and vital goods be produced within its borders. All food, industrial goods, and consumer goods are produced within Kronova itself. Economic relationships with outside forces are not forbidden, but legally the Party must continue its activities with no external assistance, investment, or international trade. The few foreign goods found in Kronova are typically foodstuffs that are unable to be grown in Kronova, such a pineapple or coffee, normally considered to be luxury goods and taxed heavily.

No Gambling - Gambling is illegal.

Most Kronovans consider gambling to be morally degenerate, and thus all casinos or houses of gambling are banned within Kronova's borders. Individuals are permitted to bet "petty amounts" of cash or items of small value in card games and such, but no large scale gambling is allowed.

Nuclear Power - The nation is nuclear powered.

Atomic energy was pioneered in Kronova, and the majority of electricity produced in the country is possible thanks to nuclear power. Petrochemical and alternative energy plants can be found, but thanks to its cheapness and efficiency, nuclear power is the power source of choice in Kronova. Highly trained nuclear engineers staff the nation's plants, with strict regulatory laws requiring short shifts and frequent inspections to ensure accidents do not occur.

Space Program - The nation runs a space program.

Kronova's space program serves the primary function of maintaining the Republic's complex telecommunications network. Many Kronova-launched satellites in orbit provide high-speed internet for the nation, especially in its southern urban centers. Some resources have been dedicated to the study of the stars as well, but most attention being paid to outer space is for the purpose of increasing Kronova's information technology capabilities.

Metricism - The state mandates the use of the metric system.

In order to foster closer economic ties with its neighbors and the international community, Kronova currently employs a standardized metric system for all official measurements.

International

Weapons of Mass Destruction - The nation claims the legal right to use WMDs.

Although Kronova was unable to develop a working nuclear weapon before the end of the Chalian Wars, it refused all demands from outside powers to dismantle its nuclear program, and insisted that it had the right to defend itself by any means necessary.

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