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post Apr 3 2017, 10:05 PM
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Bonjour all!

We are heading into the final stage of our election and it's time for the hustings. To keep this as smoooooth as possible each team is going to nominate one person to ask their questions. The presidential candidate will answer their questions, and only theirs.


Each team is permitted to ask 5 questions (these may take any form) to each candidate - 10 in total (these do not necessarily have to be 10 unique questions. We would strongly advise that you create these questions as a team. Your spokesperson will submit them in this thread. Please use one post per team. You have until 7pm on April 4th to do this.


After 7pm, the Presidential Candidates from each team may respond to the 10 questions they have been asked. Their response may take any form. They have until 23:59pm on April 4th to do so. As with any standard election, it would be prudent for the candidate to discuss their response with their teams.


This is the last chance you will have to influence the Presidential Election. Use it wisely.




Only the nominated person may post questions in this thread (10 total, 5 per team) and only the Presidential Candidate may respond to these questions (after 7pm) - Thank you kindly
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post Apr 4 2017, 05:52 PM
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hi.gif I'm representing the Monster Raving Shrek party as spokesman. Here are our questions to the other teams, answer thoroughly ;o

Irn-Bru
1. Why would you want to replace water with Irn Bru, leaving potentially devastating effects on our health?
2. How do you plan to keep your citizens safe from the absolutism you're peddling?
3. With your heavy tax on foreign businesses, and your proposed idea to build a wall to keep foreigners out, why would anybody move into Arcadia or want to contribute to the system, when they're made to feel so unwelcome? Have you considered your population will stagnate?
4. You state after the nation is rebuilt, you will "cut all ties with international agreements and unions so that all our funding goes solely into Arcadia". Have you considered that if you got into power, any funding you currently receive from other countries will also be stopped? How can you rebuild a nation when you're getting no money in?
5. Is competition in healthcare really important right now considering the state of the land? Private companies exist to make money - how is this possible when all healthcare is free?

Democats
1. Why is something as trivial as cats & dogs manifesto worthy?
2. You focus on gender inequality within your manifesto, yet you make no mention of the barriers and inequality people face regarding such issues as disability, sexual orientation or race. How will you ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome and equal?
3. Why do you consider music to be a critical issue when the country is currently war torn and most people are struggling just to get by?
4. You make no mention of education. How will young people benefit under your rule?
5. Why should we vote for you when you've slandered both candidates behind each others back?
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Hello, it's me! Here are the questions on behalf of Democratic Irn Brunionist Party.

Liberal Democats:

1. For too long the radical liberal fundamentalists have emphasised equality for all, but that equality has left all too many hard working Arcadian's without adequate healthcare, infrastructure and reduced them to second class citizens in their own country. I ask you Cameron, why do you think that placing an emphasis on music and the rights of cats and dogs takes priority over improving the broken and lopsided system within Arcadia?
2. While we agree that cats and dogs should be treated equally, we are surprised to hear that you're claiming that dog food currently costs twice as much as cat food. What is the basis in reality for this claim considering both foods are somewhat similar in content and should have a similar production value and as a follow up why are retail prices a priority concern at a time of such turmoil for Arcadia?
3. Further to the issue of music, why are you proposing to legislate on an area that is highly subjective and to tell people which is the right or wrong music to listen to? Through models such as YouTube, streaming sites and the radio, it is now easier than ever for people to listen to what they want to listen to and your proposed interference highlights that you are not accommodating to other people's beliefs. This is further proven by your proposal to declare a public holiday for yourselves if you were to be elected.
4. One of your main proposals is about gender equality and that your 'cabinet promises to proportionately represent genders in position of power'. Yet, out of your 20 representatives, only 3 are female. If your party is not representing your proposals at this stage, why should we believe you will fight to implement both gender equality and your proposals overall?
5. Is the numerous "widespread" health issues that you have outlined as widespread as you suggest? Your health policy, coupled with other financial obligations, would risk the entire financial stability of Arcadia. How can you be sure there are enough public finances to deal with the level of expenditure outlined?

MRS:

1. Why should we prioritise political education in making it mandatory in schools when there is already enough problems in our education system? Would it not be better to focus on the subjects that will help to develop our children with the right knowledge and skills to gain successful employment, especially when no 11 year old will be able to logically understand politics? Further, as it is your proposal, what is there to stop your party through this education from brainwashing the children into supporting your party and ideology as they are at an age where they are easily led?
2. You are proposing a publicly owned healthcare, a publicly owned transport system, reduced fees to Higher Education, zero prescription fees, free healthcare and freezing transport prices which are very easy proposals to state but that does not mean they will work in practice. How are you proposing to fund this?
3. You appear to be very lenient in regards to immigration but how will you be able to manage any potential hostilities between the public and these immigrants? We know that there will be potentials conflicts, particularly as a result of this civil war. Also, how will you be able to fund the cost of accommodating them if they are not guaranteed to be workers?
4. Is the horse and carriage transport service efficient, given it will involve a large operation in caring for the horses across the country, in particular will there be enough to fill the inevitable demand that will come? Also, how will they propose to keep Arcadia clean from the amount of faeces that will be produced and at what cost to the hard working people of Arcadia?
5. Is it fair that someone on a salary of £15,000 will be paying the same tax rate as somebody on a salary of £74,000? How can this tax band be considered as equal for all as your manifesto keeps telling us?
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post Apr 4 2017, 06:00 PM
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Hi there, spokesperson from the Liberal Democats here hi.gif

Our questions to the other two teams:

Irn-Bru

1. Your transport network and healthcare system are going to be privately run in order to "save money for better things like a wall". Why is having a wall so important and how are Arcadians going to benefit from it once it is built?
2. How are you planning to cope and pay for the dramatic increase in childhood and adult obesity due to your water supply being replaced by Irn-Bru?
3. It is stated in your manifesto that those who worked in the military will be given lifelong immunity from prosecution for crimes, yet you say that every Arcadian citizen must do a minimum of 2 years military service, does that mean no Arcadian is ever going to be imprisoned?
4. What is a line you'd never cross?
5. In what ways do you admire your enemy?

Shrek

1. You say everyone will have equal opportunities regardless of background, however you only propose changes regarding gender equality. What changes are you going to make to support people of a different race or people who have disabilities?
2. You plan to reduce higher education fees and allow immigrants to settle in Arcadia. Where are you going to find the money to allow for this?
3. What effect do you think allowing 16 year olds to vote will have on Arcadia?
4. What is a line you'd never cross?
5. In what ways do you admire your enemy?
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post Apr 4 2017, 09:27 PM
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Questions from Monster Raving Shrek Party

1. Why is something as trivial as cats & dogs manifesto worthy?

We agree that the issue is trivial, but it is a pervasive issue in political discourse (see it dominating the political discussion in the Shoutbox) which has a simple solution that can be quickly implemented early into our reign, so we can then focus on more important issues. We aim to leave as many resources as possible to things like health that require a lot of effort and hard work to turn around.

More than 12,000 people visit Arcadia's animal shelters each month with 77% of visitors adopting either a cat or a dog. As a dog owner myself, I have always been put off the idea of adding a cat to the family due to the high costs of food, kitty litter and general vet bills. At first I thought it was just me being petty, however, after receiving a petition from the ACADA (Arcadian Cat and Dog Authority) with more than 50,000 signatures, it was clear that something had to be done about the issue. We want to make cat owners who are currently discriminated against by higher cat food prices happy, boosting morale and the productivity of these workers and therefore the Arcadian economy.


2. You focus on gender inequality within your manifesto, yet you make no mention of the barriers and inequality people face regarding such issues as disability, sexual orientation or race. How will you ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome and equal?

Our inspirational royal family, to be publicly revealed in the coming days, are huge public figures in campaigning and raising awareness for disabilities and inequalities. Mutliple foundations have been created and the drive in public support for them has been phenomenal. We believe that equality legislation that covers all is crucial in cementing this mindset and making sure that equality of opportunity is tangible for everyone, whether they are being held back because of their race, their sexuality, their age or their disability. We pledge that our Arcadia will be fair for all.

3. Why do you consider music to be a critical issue when the country is currently war torn and most people are struggling just to get by?

We acknowledge that there are more critical issues, by far, but music has been shown to boost morale and we believe that this would have a knock-on effect with the workforce and therefore economy. Evolving the way in which music is promoted and consumed could help many new Arcadian musicians who are struggling to break through make a living for themselves, having an opportunity to follow their dreams. Smaller issues being swiftly sorted with our recommendations would go some way towards building a happier and more fulfilled nation, starting small and going macro soon after. A recent survey showed that a staggering 73% of Arcadian office and retail workers are frustrated and demotivated with tedious sounds at work, and we believe our policies would boost morale. We are not proposing that huge chunks of resources are used on this, but we believe that our Department Of Culture could help make small moves that would ripple into having effects on our workforce and economy. In such a war torn time, studies that show a positive correlation of as much as 82% between music and happiness, we believe that a small focus on music could instill a real sense of vigour and spirit in our citizens.

We don't believe it is right for a government to only focus on the big picture of health and education, things that would take a long while to sort out and overhaul, leaving smaller problems untouched.


4. You make no mention of education. How will young people benefit under your rule?

Education in Arcadia is very Maths and Science based. We feel that our discussion of 'arts' such as music acts as a strong starting point which allows Arcadia's younger citizens to express themselves through creativity. Arcadia's universities have been ranked the top in the world, and with the AAAA (Arcadia's Academic Awards Agency) providing funding for all courses, there is no need to alter this process. We feel as though Arcadians are happy having their tuition fees paid for. We do not feel it necessary to alter this during the current campaign.

5. Why should we vote for you when you've slandered both candidates behind each others back?

As a political party, you should be more than aware of the propaganda and fabrication that occurs throughout electoral campaigns. We can neither deny or confirm the claims made by our social media team during the radio broadcasts. The Liberal Democats act as a face for equality and equal rights across Arcadia. We would prove to be a beneficial selection due to our desire to make Arcadia a better country. We thrive on success and truly believe that when united as one we can become unstoppable and go up against impactful countries such as America and the United Kingdom in industries such as Textiles, Steel and Coal.

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Questions from Democratic Irn Brunionist Party

1. For too long the radical liberal fundamentalists have emphasised equality for all, but that equality has left all too many hard working Arcadian's without adequate healthcare, infrastructure and reduced them to second class citizens in their own country. I ask you Cameron, why do you think that placing an emphasis on music and the rights of cats and dogs takes priority over improving the broken and lopsided system within Arcadia?

We believe that privatisation of the healthcare system, as you propose, would lead to a broken and lopsided system in itself. It is idealistic that this is fairer, as many poorer Arcadian citizens would be unable to afford the care that they need, even the hard working Arcadians you allude to. The truth is that private healthcare is not affordable to many "normal" citizens, who work and live paycheck to paycheck. With all due respect to your analysis of our policies, the current government are responsible for these results due to the increased taxes which are set to pay for their holidays abroad. Here at the Liberal Democats we do not believe in theft and will, of course, set the taxes back to how they originally were.

As for Arcadians feeling like second class citizens, the new government hopes to abolish these claims by resurrecting what gave a positive feeling in all of Arcadia's towns and cities - community. A strong sense of community is what drives any location in any country and we are aware that this factor has been lost over the years due to the poor running of the country. Music and animals have been identified as two aspects of our manifesto which bring great happiness and joy to our subjects, who are at the top of our agenda. It is important that we combat low morale, which is everywhere due to the gruelling civil war that has only recently ceased with a peace treaty. Beigeness of Spotify hits and prevalence of the same old same old is affecting our economy as low productivity is seen among workers. So we hope to boost morale through a variety of music. Equally, pet ownership is a massive morale booster. If cat and dog owners are kept happy with small tweaks to legislation, it will make a difference in working productivity considering that together, cat and dog owners make up just over 60% of the Arcadian population.

We hope to use our ideas to provide a selection of jobs which enable the country to become great again whether it be working in shelters, education or key industries such as mining, textiles and steel works.


2. While we agree that cats and dogs should be treated equally, we are surprised to hear that you're claiming that dog food currently costs twice as much as cat food. What is the basis in reality for this claim considering both foods are somewhat similar in content and should have a similar production value and as a follow up why are retail prices a priority concern at a time of such turmoil for Arcadia?

Thank you for thoroughly educating yourself on our manifesto before asking your question concerning prices of dog food being lower than prices of cat food.

Too much of cat owners' incomes are going towards greedy big businesses which are based outside of Arcadia and do not reinvest in our nation. Reducing the cost of cat food (a substantial expense for many Arcadians who live and die by their feline companions) will give them more discretionary income to spend at local businesses to keep money flowing in our own economy rather than being hoarded in Beaverdonian bank accounts.

Just look at the following evidence:



They are similar in content and production value, but in reality the basis for the difference in prices is because there was a past false health scare first reported in the 'Weekly Mail' (an Arcadian newspaper) which falsely linked cats to a disease humans can catch. Prices of cat food have as a result been raised in Arcadia to discourage cat ownership and haven't been lowered yet even though all scientists agree the disease was a false health scare.


3. Further to the issue of music, why are you proposing to legislate on an area that is highly subjective and to tell people which is the right or wrong music to listen to? Through models such as YouTube, streaming sites and the radio, it is now easier than ever for people to listen to what they want to listen to and your proposed interference highlights that you are not accommodating to other people's beliefs. This is further proven by your proposal to declare a public holiday for yourselves if you were to be elected.

We are accommodating for people's beliefs; we are aware that music taste is highly subjective. Our Department Of Culture is aware that people do not have time to seek out as much music they like, particularly in a struggling country like Arcadia that works its citizens to the bone. We believe that small moves to encourage a wider range of music would enlighten the population. We are not seeking to completely ban Ed Sheeran or abolish Drake, we are simply seeking to widen everyone's musical horizons, educating them and enlightening them. As we said to the Monster Raving Shrek Party, 73% of Arcadian office and retail workers are frustrated and demotivated with tedious music at work, and we believe our policies would boost morale. Our public holiday is additionally not for our own egotistical benefit, it is intended as a celebration and thank you to the Arcadian citizens who have kept our nation afloat through its toughest times, allowing them to have a day to rest and celebrate themselves, and what the nation has achieved.

4. One of your main proposals is about gender equality and that your 'cabinet promises to proportionately represent genders in position of power'. Yet, out of your 20 representatives, only 3 are female. If your party is not representing your proposals at this stage, why should we believe you will fight to implement both gender equality and your proposals overall?

It is due to historical gender biases that there are few women in Arcadian politics. We were disheartened by female response to our candidate selection, and it is alarming to see that the social stigma of certain jobs being "male" is one that is still pervasive today. Liberal Democats currently have the most female members out of all three parties; we hope that the presence of MPs Jade, Samantha and Alanna will spark interest among the female population, allowing them to gain confidence to follow a career and realise they can be seen as equal to powerful male MPs. We are prepared to generate campaigns, with our female MPs fronting career days at the House Of Parliament as well as in schools, which would allow them to directly share their experiences and instil their inspirational and unyielding spirit into a new generation of potential politicians.

5. Is the numerous "widespread" health issues that you have outlined as widespread as you suggest? Your health policy, coupled with other financial obligations, would risk the entire financial stability of Arcadia. How can you be sure there are enough public finances to deal with the level of expenditure outlined?

Public discussion forums are very common in Arcadia, and multiple mental health campaigners have highlighted the prominence of mental health issues being discussed on many of them, even those not dedicated to mental health such as entertainment websites. It is clear to see that young people especially are not accessing the help they need, and enough of it is not being provided. Research has found that a worrying 78% of Arcadians who felt they struggled with depression and anxiety said they did not know where to start when it came to getting help. Our inspirational royal family has pledged to donate a large percentage of their public appearance fees to the cause, and we propose to cut back military and defence spending, which is something we feel is safe to do in an Arcadia where we have just signed a peace treaty.
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Answers to questions from Monster Raving Shrek Party



1. Why would you want to replace water with Irn Bru, leaving potentially devastating effects on our health?

We want to build a strong Arcadia and a strong Arcadia begins with a strong population. Irn Bru is scientifically proven as an energy drink and even contains Ammonium Ferric Citrate. Without blinding you all with meaningless scientific fact that translates as Iron. We are literally strengthening our people, not devastating their health. Indeed, our plan is to provide every citizen in Arcadia with a supply of Irn Bru Zero, for the very reason that we value their health as much as we value their and wish to promote and enhance their strength. The Democratic Iron Brunionist party is a party for the people and we believe that providing the people with the ability to strengthen themselves each and every day, to better themselves and better Arcadia is the foundation on which we can truly Make Arcadia Great Again #MAGA

2. How do you plan to keep your citizens safe from the absolutism you're peddling?

What my opponents may call absolutism, we call having firmly held, principled beliefs. The weakness shown by my opponents is clear by this characterisation of clarity and purpose as absolutism. This, my fellow Arcadian's is a term you'll be hearing a lot tonight. You will also have heard many other accusations over the course of this campaign. That we are racist. That we are xenophobic. Is wanting to ensure whats best for your own people racist? Is wanting to make sure the needy, the homeless, the destitute within your own borders have a place to sleep and food in their stomachs each and every day xenophobia? No, of course it isn't. Instead of providing a proper argument my opponents throw around flashy buzzwords to try and discredit our well thought out plans which put the hard working people of Arcadia first. In building a wall around Arcadia we will provide over 175,000 jobs for over 7 years, which will add over $45,000,000,000 into the Arcadian economy. That money will be paid for through the enormous savings made my overhauling the corrupt system currently in place in Arcadia. The Wall is indeed for all. My opponents merely lack the vision to comprehend such a bold and principled vision for our shared future.

3. With your heavy tax on foreign businesses, and your proposed idea to build a wall to keep foreigners out, why would anybody move into Arcadia or want to contribute to the system, when they're made to feel so unwelcome? Have you considered your population will stagnate?

Our plans for a strong, vibrant, Arcadia will attract the best and brightest from around the world. We will be able to offer world beating healthcare, public transport and low crimes and safety and security for all. Why wouldn't people want to come? As we have made clear in our manifesto, the doors of Arcadia are always open to foreign nationals. However, as we move forward with a shared ethos of hard work and determination it is only fitting that we ask those wishing to move to Arcadia to contribute equally with our own citizens. We ask only that they do as any Arcadian does, nothing more, nothing less. For example, while of course we need to accept many Sinn Brénien refugees from the terrible earthquake that has occurred, we recognise that a thorough vetting process must be undergone to ensure that the citizens of our own nature do not suffer as a result.

Over the last 50 years our population has grown exponentially and that growth shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. With the added pressures of having to quarantine Quilvoria we are on the verge of overpopulation. To characterise that as being grounds for stagnation is blatant scaremongering on the part of my opponents. It is baseless and yet another example of the corruption and culture of fake news which abounds in the corrupt establishment.

We want to ensure the Arcadian economy becomes domestically robust in our process of rebuilding the nation and wish to encourage all citizens to partake in both the production and purchase of Arcadian and products for the Arcadian people. Foreign investment is always welcome, however our shared Arcadian future is to be built on a spirit of national pride and co-operation. We cannot and will not continue with the failed policies that have led our country to its knees. Reliance on foreign investment has weakened our manufacturing sector to the point where it barely exists at all. We import over 60% of the food we eat and even rely on imported water to provide an adequate supply for our population. If this is the result of a global economy, then I can only suggest it has failed us all. But my opponents are well accustomed to failure, having been involved in every failed policy and government which has brought this country to this sorry state.

4. You state after the nation is rebuilt, you will "cut all ties with international agreements and unions so that all our funding goes solely into Arcadia". Have you considered that if you got into power, any funding you currently receive from other countries will also be stopped? How can you rebuild a nation when you're getting no money in?

My opponents fought long and hard to carve up and sell off Arcadian sovereignty to the highest bidder over the course of their failed administrations, so of course they take issue with our wishing to break from the toxic deals which have crippled our nation. The foreign powers that currently have a strangehold on Arcadia are also among their largest donors. People of Arcadia, do you want to be ruled by foreign powers who's only goal is to line their pockets through your hard work? Of course not. The DIB party are here to work FOR you, not against you as my opponents will continue to do. We will rebuild Arcadia into a strong, vibrant economy. Our low corporation tax rates will encourage businesses to set up headquarters in our great nation, attracting jobs, investment and most importantly allowing us to use Arcadian money to better Arcadia. Indeed, our plan proposes injecting over $100,000,000,000 into the Arcadian economy over the next decade. That's more investment than my opponents have made in the last 10 decades. You have a clear choice, between a hopeful vision for the future or more of the same. My fellow Arcadian's, we cannot afford more of the same. Not one more day. Vote for change and Make Arcadia great Again.

5. Is competition in healthcare really important right now considering the state of the land? Private companies exist to make money - how is this possible when all healthcare is free?

Appalling waiting times leave thousands dying each year whilst they wait for treatment, many of whom would have survived if the healthcare system had been forced to ensure it made every dollar work for the people of Arcadia. Privately run healthcare will remove the mountains of red tape and bureaucracy which has stagnated our system for decades and allow the people to get cost effective, quick treatment which means thousands fewer of your loved ones will die every year. We only want what's best for the people of Arcadia and the only way we can make that happen is by ripping up and replacing our current failed system. It clearly states in our manifesto that free healthcare is only obtained providing a person has worked at least 72 hours in each of the preceding 6 weeks. If citizens have failed to meet this basic requirement, then they will be levied a charge for their required services.

Our bold vision is to offer government healthcare contracts to private businesses, who will use the funding to setup clinics, hire doctors and provide the day to day services for the great people of Arcadia. This bold public private partnership allows the government to free up billions of dollars of wasted capital which would be spent on paper pushers and spend it instead on infrastructure and investment for our shared future and allow us to Make Arcadia Great Again.



Answers to questions from Liberal Democats



1. Your transport network and healthcare system are going to be privately run in order to "save money for better things like a wall". Why is having a wall so important and how are Arcadian's going to benefit from it once it is built?

In building a wall around Arcadia we will provide over 175,000 jobs for over 7 years, which will add over $45,000,000,000 into the Arcadian economy. That money will be paid for through the enormous savings made my overhauling the corrupt system currently in place in Arcadia. The Wall is indeed for all. My opponents merely lack the vision to comprehend such a bold and principled policy.

The wall is intended as a symbol of Arcadian unity, pride and sovereignty. Not only will it provide work for many thousands of our unemployed citizens, it will unite our nation, both by symbolising the growth of the new Arcadia with each and every brick laid, but also by standing as a physical testament to what we can achieve if we work together rather than fighting. Arcadia has been ravaged by war, by building this wall we will show all citizens that co-operation is vital to our shared prosperity.

In addition to this, the vast investment will encourage and support many hundreds of new Arcadian entrepreneur's and existing businesses to work within our borders, both in building the wall, but also in working towards our shared future, our Making Arcadia Great Again.

2. Democratic Irn Brunionist Party, how are you planning to cope and pay for the dramatic increase in childhood and adult obesity due to your water supply being replaced by Irn-Bru?

As I have already mentioned tonight, there will be no obesity crisis. Sugar free Irn Bru Zero will provide the energy the people of Arcadia need for their daily lives and by working towards our shared vision for the future they will become more active than any generation for decades. Our policies will have quite the opposite impact to that suggested my opponent, in fact, and will make for a stronger, healthier nation and in turn reduce further still the pressures on the healthcare systems. We are a party for the people, by providing them with the energy to work, a purpose and a reason to work and a sense of national pride we not only enhance their physical health but also their mental health and wellbeing too. We will Make Arcadia Great Again inside and out.

3. It is stated in your manifesto that those who worked in the military will be given lifelong immunity from prosecution for crimes, yet you say that every Arcadian citizen must do a minimum of 2 years military service, does that mean no Arcadian is ever going to be imprisoned?

I imagine my opponent getting a little too giddy whilst drumming up this question in their think tanks. Our manifesto is very clear on this, every citizen will have a mandatory 2 year period of conscripted service. Upon completion of this they may then choose to join our nations armed forces, police, navy, air force or logistics core if they so choose. It is those brave and honourable men and women, putting their lives on the line each and every day that we extend this immunity to. We trust them with our lives daily, we trust them to uphold the laws of Arcadia each and every day. It is only right and proper, then, that we also trust that they will do only what is best for Arcadia and themselves.

On the subject of conscription, however, it's no surprise that youth crime is constantly rising, we have a generation who have had everything handed to them and never had to work a day for anything. My opponents would say that is the sign of a successful, modern society but how can it be called successful if it's putting the lives of our hard working police, doctors, nurses and teachers at risk each and every day. No, I believe that in order for people to truly grow and flourish in society they must understand what it is to work. Truly work. During their short period of conscription every young person will learn the value of self respect, respect for authority, the important of teamwork and trust and most importantly the joys and benefits of being able to say ''I did that'' and looking at their achievements with a sense of pride and accomplishment. That they learn all this whilst serving our great nation serves to benefit not only our young people, but also all of Arcadia for generations to come.

4. What is a line you'd never cross?

This is a question predicated on the assumption that unknowns do not exist. We know that there are unknowns out there, indeed there are known known's, known unknown's and unknown unknown's. We refuse to draw a red line in the sand and rule out any action beyond any question. The safety, security and prosperity of the people of Arcadia is at the heart of our manifesto and our commitment to Make Arcadia Great Again. If, in doing so, we need to make a decision which our opponents would shy away from, then I suggest to you, my fellow Arcadian's, that we are the only party who is truly ready, willing and able to defend, protect and honour you each and every day over the course of this presidential term.

5. In what ways do you admire your enemy?

We are particularly fond of the Liberal's reliance on failed policy and thinking. It takes real determination to continue along a path you know is doomed to failure. We're also greatly admire the MRS approach to public transport. Bringing in a horse and chariot transport system is a principled move, if nothing else the vast quantities of excrement produced will be enough to obscure their abject failure to live up to any of their promises.
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Questions from the Democratic Irn Brunionist Party

1. Why should we prioritise political education in making it mandatory in schools when there is already enough problems in our education system? Would it not be better to focus on the subjects that will help to develop our children with the right knowledge and skills to gain successful employment, especially when no 11 year old will be able to logically understand politics? Further, as it is your proposal, what is there to stop your party through this education from brainwashing the children into supporting your party and ideology as they are at an age where they are easily led?

We completely agree that it is essential children receive the right knowledge and skills to become successful adults, well adjusted to life in the real world. What they also need to understand is that they have the opportunity to shape their future, through voting and becoming involved in politics. This is not happening at the moment. So rather than "prioritising" it, we are merely introducing & adding to the existing educational provision. 11 year olds are not stupid, and a gradual introduction to politics will ensure they remain well-informed throughout their life. Education in schools will remain impartial. Members of each political party will be invited to produce literature, as well as encouraged to hold talks within schools. Students will be taught the complete political spectrum and encouraged to think for themselves.

2. You are proposing a publicly owned healthcare, a publicly owned transport system, reduced fees to Higher Education, zero prescription fees, free healthcare and freezing transport prices which are very easy proposals to state but that does not mean they will work in practice. How are you proposing to fund this?

This will be funded through both income tax and corporation tax. We envisage that a fair system for all, where Arcadians have the opportunity to learn and become contributing members of society, will raise enough funds to pay for the systems we'd like to introduce.

3. You appear to be very lenient in regards to immigration but how will you be able to manage any potential hostilities between the public and these immigrants? We know that there will be potentials conflicts, particularly as a result of this civil war. Also, how will you be able to fund the cost of accommodating them if they are not guaranteed to be workers?

Immigrants get a bad reputation through false media portrayal. Once the public have opened their eyes to the real reason these people are immigrants i.e. fleeing things that are beyond their control, hopefully a little compassion will arise. It is well documented that refugees would like to work, but have to jump through a million hoops before they are able to. We would like to remove these hoops and make it easier for them to settle in Arcadia and find employment. The majority of refugees will be placed with existing families, helping them to integrate with society. The hosting family will receive a monthly stipend. We do not envisage large costs. Any tax raised by refugees in the first 2 years will be pumped back into the system to support future refugees.

4. Is the horse and carriage transport service efficient, given it will involve a large operation in caring for the horses across the country, in particular will there be enough to fill the inevitable demand that will come? Also, how will they propose to keep Arcadia clean from the amount of faeces that will be produced and at what cost to the hard working people of Arcadia?

The transport system is incredibly green, and will help to create jobs. As well as horse & carriages, electric trains will also be introduced for those journeys more than 2 hours away. There will naturally be an issue with faeces, however this will be collected (by those who are currently serving community service) and turned into energy. Once this has been set up, we do not envisage the need to spend any large amounts of money on infrastructure. The scheme should mostly subsidise itself.

5. Is it fair that someone on a salary of £15,000 will be paying the same tax rate as somebody on a salary of £74,000? How can this tax band be considered as equal for all as your manifesto keeps telling us?

The person on £74,000 will still pay proportionally more than those earning less. On £15,000 the rate is zero. On £30,000, they would pay £5,250. On £75,000, they would pay £20,650. Everyone will be paying a figure in line with what they are able to, in order to form an equal society. Equality isn't determined by how much tax you pay, but how society treats you. Those who earn more, contribute more. If we were advocating a set amount per person, this would clearly be unfair. This system ensures that everyone pays a proportional amount. We feel this rate was important, as more money in people's pockets means more spending, which in turn brings about a healthier economy.



Questions from the Liberal Democat Party

1. You say everyone will have equal opportunities regardless of background, however you only propose changes regarding gender equality. What changes are you going to make to support people of a different race or people who have disabilities?

We have proposed equal opportunity for employment, regardless of their background. This covers those from poor economic backgrounds, to different race and genders or those with disabilities. Here at MRS we are highly dedicated to. Not only equal opportunity, but we are also dedicated to equal pay for these workers too. Why should the three blind mice be paid differently from Prince Charming for the same job? One way we have decided to get more minorities into public service is to run internships and apprenticeship opportunities, where priority is given to minorities to apply for and gain experience. These opportunities won't be closed to the majority, however this is a way to give minorities a platform, and to show our true dedication to equalotti.

2. You plan to reduce higher education fees and allow immigrants to settle in Arcadia. Where are you going to find the money to allow for this?

At MRS we believe if we invest in the future now, with the help of foreign loans if needed, then we will be able to clear Arcadian debts and become a strong economic powerhouse with our strong new generation. We need an economic miracle in Arcadia, and we can achieve this with the help of immigrant workers. In the 1960-70s in Germany, they invited Gastarbeiter to their country in order to fill the job market and this really helped to boost the economy, and the workers who stayed behind helped make a new community in Germany, thus making it more multicultured, diverse, and exciting. Times are hard now, and we realise. But we need to inspire and motivate generations for years to come, so now is the time we push education, and open the doors to our workplaces.

3. What effect do you think allowing 16 year olds to vote will have on Arcadia?

In short, the effect would be a more informed electorate, leading to elections having a higher turnout and therefore Arcadia becoming more democratic. Alongside lowering the voting age will be the introduction of mandatory political education from aged 11, meaning more citizens will be aware and understand the political consequences more, and be more likely to vote. Voting turnout is currently so low as people feel alienated and disengaged, they don't understand politics so don't feel well informed enough to make a decision, and then feel like the government isn't there for them. Well, it isn't. With current low turnout figures the government is really only being elected by the minority. We want to change that, a government for ALL the people chosen by the MAJORITY of the people. We believe opening and expanding the right to vote can help with that.

4. What is a line you'd never cross?

We would never cross the line into signing a cross-party grand coalition agreement. Whilst we recognise and admire plurality and would love to have parties in opposition to us in the chamber, we believe what Arcadia needs now is a strong single party in order to make the decisive decisions needed to rebuild our great nation. We're the party most dedicated to building a democracy for ALL the people, which serves the people and gives true equalotti.

5. In what ways do you admire your enemy?

We'd like to think that here at MRSP we don't have any enemies. We may not agree with others on their ideological standpoints, but every human being has the right to an opinion, as we believe in equalotti. If somebody is passionate in what they believe in, and can use that passion to mobilise others to action, that can only be a good thing. (Unless you're a racist, homophobic, woman-hating man, in which case GTFO.)

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