by Max Barry

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The Astonishing Counties of
Capitalist Paradise

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Government

Devolution

Government power is substantially delegated to local authorities.

Proportional Representation

Votes translate linearly to elected representation, with no seats or electoral college.

Society

Marriage Equality

Citizens of the same sex may marry.

Polygamy

Citizens may have multiple spouses.

Euthanasia

Citizens are legally entitled to end their lives.

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is compulsory.

No Zoos

Animals may not be kept in confinement.

Law & Order

Corporal Punishment

Criminals may be ordered to undergo physical punishment.

Conscription

A period of military service is compulsory for all citizens.

No Prison

Jails and prisons are not employed.

Economy

Capitalism

Private industry is permitted within a market-based economy.

Child Labor

Children may be legally employed as workers and contractors.

Cannabis

Cannabis may be legally purchased.

No Automobiles

Cars are banned.

Autarky

The nation pursues a policy of economic self-sufficiency.

Space Program

The nation runs a space program.

International

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The nation claims the legal right to use WMDs.

Climate Treaty

The nation is a signatory to an international climate treaty.