What if you owned your own country...?

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What if you owned your own country...?

Postby suncrafter on Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:34 pm

Lets say that a large tropical island (about the size of Cuba) formed overnight in the middle of international waters. You were the first person there and you claimed it as your own. Your claim is uncontested, so now you have your very own country that is completely independent from any government. At this time you are the only person who lives on the island, but many people want to move there because it is a tropical paradise. You now have the opportunity to establish your own set of laws prior to anyone immigrating to your new country. Assuming you WANT people to EVENTUALLY move to your island nation - what laws would you establish and why? For example:

1 - What would you make the legal drinking age?
2 - Driving age?
3 - Age of sexual consent?
4 - Voting age?
5 - At what age would someone become an adult (free from parental control)?

6 - What types of recreational drugs (if any) would be legal?
- Pot
- Tobacco
- Cocaine
- Alcohol
- Caffeine
- Heroin
- Other?

7 - Can people have guns? (if so - who and what kind?)

8 - What would be the name of your country?

9 - Would you have the death penalty?

10 - What would be the speed limit?

11 - What types of religions would be permitted or restricted?

Which of the following would be legal:
12 - Porn?
13 - Prostitution?
14 - Polygamy?
15 - Homosexuality?
16 - Stem cell resurch?
17 - Human Cloning?
18 - Cock Fighting?
19 - Slavery?
20 - Hunting?
21 - Fishing?
22 - Eating meat?
23 - Littering?
24 - Unisex bathrooms?
25 - Suicide?
26 - Gay marriage?
27 - Abortion?

28 - What types of sexual activity (if any) would be illegal?
29 - Would your county be clothing optional or clothing mandatory?
30 - Would you have obscenity laws? If so - how would you define "obscene".

31 - What system would you set up for collecting taxes?
- Income tax? (how much?)
- Sales tax? (how much?)
- Import/Export tax? (how much?)

32 - What criteria would someone need to pass to become a citizen?
33 - What types of people would you allow (or not allow) into your country?

34 - What type of government would you establish?

35 - To what degree would your government be allowed to censor or restrict the media?

36 - Aside from laws - what sort of unofficial (and unenforced) cultural rules and traditions would you like to establish? For example - taking shoes off before entering someone's home. Or not eating with the left hand.
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Postby Tensu of the moon on Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:16 am

forgive me for reserecting an old post but this caught my attention.

1. I'd reduce it to 19, but it'd be illigal to drink outside of the limits of your property





6.only alchohol. unless you count caffine, sugar, and vedio games as drugs.

7. guns can only be carried by police and soliders. bows are premitted for hunting and home defence.

8. probbobly Terrisins

9. yes, but only for murder and rape. the only other punishment would be temporary jail time, fineing, indentured servitude, couminity service, and banishment.

10. varies from road to road.

11. satainisum wuld be the only forrbiddian religion. Islam and wicca would be frowened upon though.

12.not really any way to stop that
15.legal, but frowened upon
16.legal, and encouraced. certain kinds of robotics however would be illigal. to me makeing a robot is more blasphumous than genetic engineering. full-body life form cloneing would strictly be forbidden however.
17.see above
19.illigal except as a punishment.
20 legal in designated areas and with permit
21 legal in designated areas or with a permit
24.legal so long as only one person can use them at a time.
25.illigal, although it's not like you could punish them. It'd be more of an honor thing. killing yourself is cowardly and foolish.
26.kind of. it wouldn't be called marrige, but would be premitted.
27.illegal. in case you don't know there are ways to gain stem cells without harming the fetus.
28.anything non-adulterous and non-rape. humans couldn't mate with other animals though, and animals couldn't be forced to interbreed with each other.
29.in closed off areas of your property, optional. in anywhere public, or visable from a street or adjacent property without spying or tresspassing is manditory.
30.no televised nudity. tv shows fetureing extreme violence, extreme language, or otherwise suggestive themes would need a disclaimer warning, but could be televised at any time during the day uncensored (save the aforementioned nudity). unless it was just one long stream of violence and vulgur language. it would need either humor or a story to appeal to an intelligent person whle wide-awake and sober.

31.income tax varying depending on the countries's needs.with a twenty percent limit. import tarriffs would be placed on all non-entertainment goods to help the local economy. some entertainment goods may also be tariffed temporarly if deem necisary.

32.an I.Q. test testing basic knowlage and common sense would be required for citizenship. those who fail a passing grade can live in the country but cannot vote, serve in the police force, (army o.k.) teach at any school, or hold any form of office.
33.all are welcome so long as they arn't some kind of criminal.

34. a democratic monarchy. in this form of goverment I just made up, there would be one king, and four senetors. the senetors would be elected by the people to reresent the following issues.
the senator of moral affairs:religion, conservation, charity, and public welfare.
the senetor of information: education, technology, goverment research, and espionoge.
the senetor of forighn affairs: trade, immigration, international charity, and war.
and the senetor of home affairs: police, buiness, monopoly crushing, taxation and money, and general law and order.
the governing bodies wold meet and disscuss issues. the senetors would present the information and give thier opinions, there would be some debateing, and the king would make a decision. if all four ssenetors dissagree with the king's deciscion, then he must make a different one. if three senetors dissagree with the king's decicion, a public vote will be held to decide what to do. in all other cases the nation will go with the king's decion. if a petiton agreed to by at least twenty-five percent of the nation's population is brought forth, then a public vote will be held. if 60% or more of the nation's citizens dissagree with the king, then they will propose courses of action for the goverment to take and the king will choose one of them. senetors do not hold defnate terms, but rather hold office until at least 50% of the nation's populace votes to remove them, they break the law, the resighn, or they die. the king cannot be removed from office unless he has broken the law or proven inept in a way at least 60% of the populace find worthy of removal for. the king's succcessor is chosen by the king, and may or may not be a family member. if all for senetors or 30% of the voteing population dissagree with the king's desicion, he must choose a new sucessor. the sucessor takes office imediatly after the king leaves, be it from resighning, forced removal, or death. the senetors would serve double roles as the judges of the supreme court, which would not have any power over the king.

I think this form of goverment is practical becaue it takes the democratic aspect of letting the people take part in the goverment while at the same time limiting greatly the amount of incompatence and buracrucy that can infultrate the goverment.

35.the media would be free to report any fact. opinions and rumors could be censored in any way the king saw fit.

36.no one could take credit for a donation to charity.
takeing off shoes when inside.
useage of triangles and foutains in arcitechture.
humoungus gardens.
a general love and respect for life and all things that live.
OCD would be called OCM (obsessive-compulive mindstate) because I belive it less a disorder and more evolution at work. simmular terms wold be used with simmular mental "disorders".
forgive my atrioucious spelling.

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