So I don't know how many of you have heard of the website nationstates.net, but it's basically an on-line game where you get to create your own nation and define its policies and systems by responding to various questions. I figured it might be an interesting experiment if we tried to create a nation using our own forum community as the voters. So I've created the nation of Nerdfightopolis (I would have used Nerdfighteria, but someone has already taken that name) and now we've got some questions.
These first ones are the initial questions that are used to set up the game, but I figured I'd ask you guys to vote on what you think, and then I'd answer accordingly, and this thread would be used as where we'd bring up the discussions they give. They'll basically propose an issue with a set of options, and then people here vote on them, and I'll choose the option with the most votes.
Okay, we've got ourselves a nation - See it here
Now every day, there are going to be issues and decisions to vote on, each with multiple choice options. I'll keep updating this page, so the most current one is available. Here's the latest issue:
Issue A:As Nerdfightopolis continues to grow, so too does its government. The number of politicians needed to administrate and legislate the country is rapidly surpassing the Houses of Parliament's capacity with ministers often requiring periscopes to see the House Speaker. Some are suggesting a new building be built in another city - a city which would then be designated as the capital city of Nerdfightopolis.
Option 1: "I would like to make a humble recommendation for my own proud jurisdiction," says Lars Hendrikson, mayor of one of Nerdfightopolis's major cities. "It would be an honour for our city to be host to the seat of power! If it will seal the deal, you can change the name if you like..."
Option 2: "Hah! Capital city indeed!" shouts Billy-Bob Steele, a fervent anarchist, spilling leaflets all over the floor. "What's wrong with being free as the wind? Do you really think one city could possibly represent a whole country? Its people? I've had enough of the man trying to screw us down all the time! Say NO to a national capital!"
Option 3: "I can accept and even approve of having a capital city," says George W. Bush, a military strategist. "But we'd be putting all our eggs in one basket if we choose somewhere too vulnerable! Believe me, capitals always get the brunt of the enemy attack because of their political and economic importance. We should put aside a few billion nonpennys and build our capital city underground. They'll never bomb us there!"
Option 4: "I've got an idea," says theme park tycoon, Lindsay Tew. "My company will happily sponsor the new establishment and cover all costs - as long as it's made to our specifications. We've already got plans drawn up to put a roller coaster straight through the House of Commons! A cafe, some kiosks for ice cream... maybe even a water slide or two in the lobby! It'll be one part legislative seat of government, one part family-fun theme park! Tourists will flock from around the globe!"
Option 5: "What's wrong with the old building?" asks Megan Silk, a noted disestablishmentarian. "We don't need some kind of fancy capital city just to make the bigwig ministers feel important! If there's no room, then fire politicians until there IS room. Have you never heard of doing more with less?"
Option 6: Dismiss this issue
Issue B: The conservative Northern-based parents group of "Housewives and Convicts for a Safer Nerdfightopolis" has put forward a memorandum to ban skateboarding in public.
Option 1:"Skateboarding is a menace to pedestrians and road users," says activist Violet O. "Not to mention the astronomical number of skateboarding-related injuries - hundreds of children flood the emergency rooms of Nerdfightopolis as a result of skateboarding every year, which is costly to the taxpayers. Keep our streets safe and save a little cash at the same time. Hell, you could make even more money by ticketing those who violate this law."
Option 2: "Ticketing children for getting out of the house and exercising?" asks Agnes Obama, a school teacher, in disbelief. "That's outrageous! It's true that skateboarding can be dangerous but so is walking down the stairs! You want to ban that too?! What we should do is pass laws requiring safety equipment for skaters - if we allocate a little bit of the tax payers' money to the cause, we can build a skate park that will keep our children safe and away from others on the road too."
Option 3: "Yo, dude, I've got a better idea," says George W. Hanover while executing a complicated 360° spin over your head. "What if skateboarding was the only way to get around? Wouldn't that be cool? Skateboarding is cheap, healthy, and fun! Everyone should do it! You could improve, like, the quality of life for everyone by banning vehicles and making skateboarding the only legal way to travel. People'd love you for it, man. Well, apart from the guys who make cars and the like, I guess."
Option 4: Dismiss this issue
Issue A: option 1
Issue B: option 4
Issue A: Option 1
Issue B: Option 4
Okay, so it's been a little while, mainly because I've been particually busy of late, but we've got some more issues. These ones are about the military, the olympics, and the question of polygamy.
Issue A: Option 1
Issue B: Option 4
Issue C: Option 4
Issue A: option 3
Issue B: option 2
Issue c: option 3
We're going to need some more votes on this to get anywhere. Anyone else?
Issue A: Option 6
Issue B: Option 4
Issue C: Option 5
Bill and Hillary Obama? Is there something in the Clinton geneology we're not being told about?
We still need some more votes here. At least one that will break the heat on issues A and C.
Sorry this isn't a tie-breaker, but that's just what I think.
More votes needed!