This is the nation that I have decided to run the way I feel a utopian society should be run, hence "Spamlandtopia".
The Republic of Spamlandtopia
"We love everybody all the time and stuff."
UN Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights: Very Good
Political Freedoms: Excellent
Location: The West Pacific
The Republic of Spamlandtopia is a small, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its devotion to social welfare. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 7 million are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.
The enormous, socially-minded government concentrates mainly on Social Welfare, although Healthcare and Education are secondary priorities. The average income tax rate is 35%, but much higher for the wealthy. A very small private sector is dominated by the Pizza Delivery industry.
Voting is voluntary. Crime is well under control. Spamlandtopia's national animal is the porpoise, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the daisy.
Spamlandtopia is ranked 5610th in the region and 56,444th in the world for Most Cultured.
Issue: Dorothy Terwilliger lies immobilized in a hospital bed, unable to move. She has end-stage cancer, and wishes to end her struggle against death. However, laws prevent her doctors from obeying her wishes.
Government's Position: Dorothy and her family are campaigning for a "Dying with Dignity" bill, to change this situation. She implores the government to legalize euthanasia.
Issue: In a bid to provide a new revenue stream for Spamlandtopia's Beef-Based Agriculture industry, it has been suggested that porpoises could be added to the menu.
Government's Position: "I am shocked and appalled!" declared SPCA President Larry Clinton. "If anyone needs to be culled, it's us humans. The porpoises were here first, remember? We need to take this as a sign to get our industry--agriculture in particular--to back off. The porpoise is part of what makes Spamlandtopia a great nation!"
Issue: The Police department is considering installing surveillance cameras in all major public areas, in an effort to crack down on crime.
Government's Position: "This is a blatant invasion of the right to privacy!" says libertarian web site operator Beth Shiomi. "Now I can't even go out in public any more without being watched? And you know this is just the beginning. Today there are cameras in city streets. Tomorrow they're peering through your bedroom window."
This is the nation I've decided to just go completely bonkers with and rule with the iron fist of a psychotic, selfish dictator. It will be great to see how many rights can be stripped away from the people before they decide to move somewhere else!
The Holy Empire of Spamlandopolis
"If you like to practice religion, too bad."
UN Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights: Very Good
Political Freedoms: Some
Location: The North Pacific
The Holy Empire of Spamlandopolis is a small, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its burgeoning meerkat population. Its compassionate population of 7 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The medium-sized government appears to have no policy direction whatsoever. The average income tax rate is 21%, but much higher for the wealthy. A large private sector is led by the Information Technology, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Cheese Exports industries.
Elections have been outlawed. Crime is moderate, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Spamlandopolis's national animal is the meerkat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the donut.
Spamlandopolis is ranked 5829th in the region and 48,160th in the world for Most Cultured.
Issue: Some people say Spamlandopolis's policy on free speech has gone too far.
Government's Position: "These days, anyone says whatever they want with no regard to what kind of dribble is coming out of their mouths!" says angry commuter Jack Longbottom. "It's gone too far. We should go back to the good old days, when if someone started talking garbage, we'd smack them one."
Issue: Spamlandopolis's TV soaps--famous around the region--have come under fire for their lack of ethnic diversity.
Government's Position: "The government should do what now?" says TV studio executive Hope Spirit. "You've got to be kidding. We make soaps here, not documentaries. I should be able to put whichever characters I want into my shows. Quotas! Government prizes! God save me! Hasn't the government got anything better to do? Why don't they just back off and let society work out these things on its own?"
Issue: Workers across the nation have gone out on indefinite strike over what they claim are substandard wages in the Information Technology industry.
Government's Position: "We pay our employees very generous wages," says employer representative Clint Gutenberg. "Especially when you consider that without us, they'd be OUT ON THE STREET. Hear that, you scumbags? OUT ON THE STREET! Anyway, my point is, if you cave in, you make our entire industry uncompetitive. You can't do that in the global marketplace. It'll hurt the whole country. The best solution, economically speaking, would be to relax industrial laws and allow us to fire troublemakers on the spot."