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Issue Roundup 4/14

The Issue

A medical report has detailed a twenty-fold increase in infection rates over the past ten years of the sexually transmitted disease VODAIS (Viral Overactive Dysfunction of the Auto-Immune System). People all over the nation are petitioning that the government do something about the epidemic.

Accepted Position

"This situation is about to explode. At this rate, this epidemic could severely impact our economy, our way of life, and even our government," says Doctor Heather Cruz. "We must supply powerful drugs to all infected people, even if we have to produce and distribute it ourselves. We must also educate people on the dangers of VODAIS and supply condoms to all sexually active males. Sure, we'll need to divert tax money from the military to fund all this, but what good is a military if the soldiers are too sick to fight?"

Result

The government has undertaken a massive education and health program to combat VODAIS.
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The Issue

After recent leaps and bounds in biomedical research, scientists have revealed 'vat-grown tissue', provoking wild controversy over its possible medical - and culinary - uses.

Accepted Position

"There is absolutely nothing wrong that has been done here," claims one of the researchers, Dr. Aaron Spirit. "Vat-grown cloned tissue is extremely versatile when producing organs for transplantation, and knit my booties if it's not the tastiest and most nutritionally-balanced thing around! Beats me why anyone could be against it."

Result

Human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants.
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The Issue

An advertisement battle over the morality and acceptability of "coming out of the closet" is taking place on Crystal Tokyo's buses, with different factions presenting their vehement cases on these moving billboards. Groups on all sides are demanding the government step in, soothe egos, and take action.

Accepted Position

"This whole culture is foul, and we shouldn't perpetuate it," argues daily commuter, Sophie Malik, "Surely the point of public transportation is to quickly get people to work or wherever, not to bombard them with fringe political causes. We should do away with advertising on government services and properties altogether, as well as pour some more money into our public transportation network. Then Crystal Tokyo would have the best transport in the world."

Result

Crystal Tokyo spends billions upgrading public transport.
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The Issue

The Department of Defense has put its case for a substantial increase in funding for the coming financial year.

Accepted Position

"NO MORE BOMBS," chant the protestors outside Parliament House, in a repetitious and increasingly annoying appeal. Spokesperson Colleen Jamieson, speaking through a feedback-afflicted microphone, says, "Kristalmaan needs fewer weapons, not more! Make the world a safer place! Disarm now!"

Result

Military funding has been stripped back.
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The Issue

Opposition newspapers have accused the government of abusing its control over the filibuster ban, which it can use to limit the length of legislative debate. You have consulted multiple people in search of solutions.

Accepted Position

"I think we can all see the benefits of the filibuster ban," says political science professor, Megan Trax. "But it's also true that putting it in the hands of the reigning party coalition is a dangerous centralisation of power. Why not simply have an independent, representative committee to decide what issues are worthy of a lengthy debate? It might be a tad erratic in its priorities, but at least it would give the power back to the people. That's a good thing, right?"

Result

Multiple polls have christened the newly-formed Filibuster Committee as "the least efficient government bureaucracy".

Kristalmaan

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