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NS issue


Time to Put the Older Senators Out to Pasture?

The Issue
Many people are starting to think that it's time to put term limits on elected officials, given the average age of 70 years old and 40 years of service in the nation's Parliament.

The Debate
1. "It's time to get these lifetime politicians off the government payroll!" says term-limits advocate Billy Hendrikson. "Let them get real jobs like the rest of us once they leave office. Besides, if they are currently a Senator, they can always run for another office like Governor. This gives people the right to elect whomever they want to run for office, just not the same office forever. It'll keep things from going completely stale!"

2. "Wait a minute" says Abraham Licorish, chairman of the national Infinite Power party. "We pay a lot of money to get those people into office. It can take several terms before we get a return on our investment, I mean, candidates. We should extend the number of years for each term, not limit the number of times a person can serve in any specific office!"

3. Your aunt's mother's step-sister's best friend's hairstylist, Klaus Hamilton, pooh-poohs the entire idea. "You know how to run your country, yes? Why deal with the hassle of elected officials and elections in the first place, yes? Eliminate elections and this entire term limit issue becomes moot, yes?"


The Queendom of Erisianna
"Kallisti"

UN Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights: Excessive Economy: Strong Political Freedoms: Average
Location: Discordia

The Queendom of Erisianna is a large, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws. Its compassionate, hard-working population of 40 million enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, liberal government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 47%. A large private sector is led by the Book Publishing industry, followed by Gambling and Furniture Restoration.

Motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours, all streets are privately owned toll roads, genetic research is temporarily tied up in government red tape, and the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system. Crime is moderate, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Erisianna's national animal is the fnord, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the golden apple.

Erisianna is ranked 2nd in the region and 24,529th in the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.

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