Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Yes, I’ve finally been sucked into this Nation States thing, too. My country, The Kingdom of Goofbeckistan, “is a tiny, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 6 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government concentrates mainly on Social Welfare, although Healthcare and Education are secondary priorities. The average income tax rate is 29%. A substantial private sector is led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, followed by Pizza Delivery and Retail.

Crime — especially youth-related — is relatively low. Goofbeckistan’s national animal is the wombat and its currency is the floogle.”

We’re just getting started. My first act was to join The Islets of Langerhans – a fine collection of progressive nations. My second was to deal with child gambling by dismissing the issue completely.

Today’s issue: Reclaim the Streets!

Several major city streets were clogged with bicycles this morning, as the environmental group ‘Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad’ staged a protest. Several hundred riders ambled through downtown streets, blissfully ignoring the torrent of abuse hurled at them by thousands of motorists running late for work.

My choices are: ban cars, crack down on bicycling protesters, give more money to the Automotive Manufacturers Association, or dismiss the issue.

I’ll be in my palace all day listening to the debate and pondering the right course of action. So, if my boss is listening, the reason my door’s shut is that I’m pondering. Not sleeping. Pondering.

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8 Responses to Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

  1. Scott says:

    Mr. President, I don’t see you over in Langensham. I demand your presence!

    President-for-Life Baron, Peoples Republic of Vorevyen

    I was actually about to stop playing, as I’m on my fourth or fifth run-through of the issues. I started out as a New York Times Democracy, and am now a Corrupt Dictatorship. If you join the UN, you get really screwed as you’re adjusted to reflect whatever the UN approves. 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    As the UN Delegate for the Islets of Langerhans, let me extend a warm welcome to the Goofbeckistani people and their wise and noble leader, Mr. Rasreth!

  3. Solonor says:

    Langensham. Langerhans.

    Have I got multiple regions competing for the membership of the Goofbeckistanis? Any other regions out there I should know about? Or should I move to neutral territory?

  4. Take Me to Your Leader…Oh, Wait…That’s Me. Never Mind.

    Welcome to The Republic of Nemeria Location: The North Pacific The Republic of Nemeria is a tiny, devout nation, notable

  5. Scott says:

    We are a simple country, desiring nothing but peace. And keep your UN inspectors out of my nation, you filthy pig-dog!

  6. Brian says:

    Aha! That would explain where all the magazines for the Islets of Langerhans have been going! Hey, Langersham, we want our copy of “Rod and Reel” back pronto! And with no sticky pages!

    It’s up to you Solonor — you can move to that other region if you like, but I notice most of the countries there have gone out of existence.

  7. Scott says:

    Indeed they have. We all started long ago — look at the size of our populations!

    We’re about to lose forty-somethings, and Gnomic Zurich is bored by it.

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