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Issue Roundup 4/17

The Issue

Vroom-A-Zoom-Zoom (VAZZ), a consortium of weird-looking hippies and yuppie roller coaster aficionados, has developed plans for a high-speed monorail service for Kristalmaan to help counter and relieve problems brought about by banning cars.

Accepted Position

"I really disagree," says Josh Fellow, an unwashed denizen standing in the middle of Noh Weir, population 200, on the outskirts of Kristalmaan. "The state must run the monorail service, otherwise it's useless. What a monorail system should do is connect both large and small cities, and the only way to do that is for the government to run the rails, using the profits from the larger cities to subsidize the routes for smaller ones."

Result

A vast monorail network carries people all over the country.
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The Issue

Some two hundred years after its original removal by a team of archaeologists from Kristalmaan, the Maxtopian government is demanding that the mummy of ancient monarch King Maxbari IV, currently on display at the Kristalmaan National Museum of Antiquities, be returned to its homeland.

Accepted Position

"Maxbari IV was the greatest king of Ancient Maxtopia," says Maxtopian Ambassador Thomas Suzuki, presenting you with a copy of 'Ancient Maxtopian History for Dummies'. "His importance to our cultural heritage cannot be underestimated! It is a disgrace that his body was ever stolen in the first place. By rights, the remains ought to be returned to their rightful owner. While we're at it, how about returning that collection of Third Kingdom golden tiddlywinks too?"

Result

Museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin.
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The Issue

Following recent advances in artificial intelligence, debate has arisen in Kristalmaan over whether AI's should have the right to citizenship.

Accepted Position

"These beings have just as much of a right to citizenship as the rest of us," argues civil rights activist Buffy Thiesen. "True, we may not be able to tell if they're really 'alive', per se, but how can we tell that they aren't? But the androids should be put at the top of the list. At least we know that they have the same viewpoint as us humans."

Result

Major internet servers have acquired citizenship.
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The Issue

Major film studio Werner Cousins recently began enforcing its copyright on the popular "Merry Birthday" song and has been demanding that everyone from schools, to small children, to your own government, pay royalties for its use. After one of the studio's lawyers threatened to sue your secretary's daughter for royalties, your government has finally agreed to address the issue of copyright trolling.

Accepted Position

"How about a system that allows fair use of copyrighted material, such as for satire and education?" muses popular WhoTube celebrity and free speech activist The Nostalgia Nerd. "This protects copyright creators from outright theft, but protects us smaller creators from censorship from the big guys. There's a chance Werner Cousins might try to exploit it, but freedom of speech is at risk here. Surely these big studios can handle a few choice criticisms? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to review Rabbit Apocalypse 4: The Rise of Mad Max!"

Results

The most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs.
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The Issue

The oldest power station in Kristalmaan suffered a catastrophic failure last night, plunging a third of Kristalmaan's national power supply grid into darkness. There is no debate that it needs to be replaced, but the question is with what?

Accepted Position

"Now the way I see it is that it's either green, expensive, and sprawling; or compact, polluting and cheap. Wouldn't it be nice if we had the best of both worlds? Well, we can!" claims fission technician Chastity du Pont. "Nuclear power is reliable, clean, and although it isn't cheap, it won't break the bank. There is a risk of deadly meltdown, but this is relatively small, and the only people who could be against this are anti-nuclear protesters, but what do we care about those tree-hugging hippies?"

Result

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.

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