Citizen Voting Rights

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Citizen Voting Rights

Post  Admin on Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:38 pm

The UIG has made a token effort to keep democracy alive in the corporate super-future, but this is made difficult by the fact that corporations are not really governments. In 2395, after decades of negotiations and compromises between the UIG and every Corporation, the Citizen Voting Rights Act was passed. This act lays out what sorts of decisions require citizen input and allow citizens to vote on some measures directly; the UIG does not believe in elected representational governments and aims for pure democracy.
In real terms, the effects of the Citizen Voting Rights Act have not been significant. Most Corporations simply ignore the act and pay it occasional lip service to keep the UIG at bay. Votes are held on issues such as proposed (minor) changes in law, local land development and zoning, and regional budgets for public services. The corporations ensure that significant issues such as international policy, inter-corporate law and corporate rights do not reach any kind of public vote.
There is significant variation in the frequency and uptake of voting rights across the globe. The E.I and Comoros have the most well developed voting systems and make use of them at local levels at least annually in all of their territories.

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Re: Citizen Voting Rights

Post  Admin on Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:43 pm

E.I Freedom Market
The Freedom Market is how the E.I make sure that democracy is kept in line with corporate interests. All citizens have the right to vote, and they also have the right to sell their vote on the open market. Much to the UIG's dismay the Freedom Market is used by ~60% of E.I citizens to earn extra credits during the voting season and the E.I makes the event into something of a holiday. Many shops and service providers offer special 'voting discounts' to customers who pay with their votes.
The most popular way to sell a vote is by auction on the WDN. During votes for important issues which affect key businesses these votes can become extremely valuable. Wealthy businesses can attempt to out-spend their opposition to pass beneficial laws, or to make their competitor's business practices illegal or more heavily regulated.

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