The People's Republic of Larnesia
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Wed Jul 27 14:17:14 2005
Contact with the mainland

Comrade Holoii impressed on the Lower House the importance of establishing a new basic law, and they dissolved the old comittee and formed a new, very large, committee to do that. The general shape of the judicial system is set, and a number of professional mediators from outside the government have expressed an interest in shaping the process and are working with a subcomittee to work out the fine details. It looks like our courts will follow, in separate stages, the following steps in cases.

  1. Findings of fact
  2. Justification
  3. Review of Law and special appeals (for when the law doesn't really fit the situation), which can go to the legislature if needed
  4. Offerings/Sentence (where parties may attempt to reach a settlement which the court must approve, or the court issues orders for punishment/recompense)
There has been a call by the people, so far blocked by us, to reopen ties to the outside world. A number of people are upset at being unable to contact relatives, and a number of my colleagues in the universities wish to reopen ties to the rest of the scientific world. I don't know how I feel about the matter -- the red army chiefs and a little over half the Upper House opposes it out of worries of insurgency, in particular managed by the United States. These concerns are valid, and unfortunately opening ties very carefully to particular nations would provide most of the dangers with little of the positive points that full openness would provide.

Our committee on information has decided to digitise all library material and provide it electronically to people, replacing all current libraries with public network terminals. To that end, over the next year, we'll be maintaining a 50% library openness rate, closing each library, shipping all their materials to a scanning centre and digitising them, and repurposing the old building with terminals, using the additional space to start communal multipurpose areas.

In a sense, we've kept our market economy so far. It has been too busy of a transition to consider moving from the Tam to a new arrangement of systems of value. It is, however, clearly a postconsumerist market, and possibly a postcapitalist one as well. We've put an end to advertisement, implemented a central computerised product catalogue, nationalised every business, and are in the progress of implementing the three rules therein. Wages have shifted a lot, as it turned out in the old system, managers and business owners exploited workers to a different degree. Without advertising, and with a reworked emphasis in the school about living with sufficient means to be happy, we anticipate interesting transformations in our economy as demand shrinks. I'm hoping that we can reach full employment and reduce the work week.