Brainstorming the Existence of a Mythical Country

The Constitution of the United Citizens of Andalucía,

An Autonomous Community of Spain

Area: 88,000 sq. kilometers, Population: 1,000

  • Economics

Free market, fair trade, and laissez-faire economic policy. Production and export of wheat, barley, and other textiles as well as the development of hydroponics drive the economy. Carbon capture and sequestration methods are used to mitigate the effects of fossil fuel emissions of both global climate change and ocean acidification. Citizens fall into tiered tax brackets based on annual household income.

  • Politics

In our democracy, government is civil service. The prime minister serves an executive role and enables the goals of the bureaucrats below to come to fruition. Candidates for prime minister must be official citizens of Andalucía, aged 60 or younger to ensure sound decision-making abilities. Leaders are chosen based on proficiency on civil service exams and popular vote in public elections, held every four years. Prime ministers may not serve more than two four-year terms in order to ensure a democratic political system that is responsive to the will of the people and adaptable to the changing environment.

  • Education

Education from kindergarten through undergraduate is mandatory; tuition expenses for these years are covered by the state for all citizens. Scholarships are available for vocational, graduate, and professional education beyond the undergraduate years.

  • Criminal system

Criminals are tried and convicted by a jury of their fellow citizens in accordance with the severity of their offenses. The death penalty, capital punishment, and any variants thereof are strictly prohibited by law. The highest offenses are punishable by corporal punishment and court-mandated community service designed to improve infrastructure and transportation systems, including building of roads, construction of public buildings such as schools and libraries, and the development of diverging diamond interchanges to regulate traffic flow in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Medical system

Universal healthcare is provided to all citizens. Medical school expenses are covered by the state for those students that are eligible. Eligibility is based on academic proficiency in the life sciences, as assessed by competency exams that are administered subsequent to obtainment of an undergraduate degree. After successful completion of medical studies, physicians must pass a series of state-mandated board examinations in order to obtain licensure to practice.

  • Religion

Inhabitants are free to practice religion according to their own personal beliefs. Furthermore, the government does not sanction state-sponsored religion nor does it promote any one religious system over another. Agnosticism and atheism are not stigmatized. In this manner, peace and understanding are promoted among inhabitants of the state.

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