About the Peoples' State.
The Peoples' State is a cooperative exercise in sharing, personal development, and the very best systems being applied to the problems of the Peoples' State. The problems are those of any society; managing the food chain, the needs of the growing population, the need for a defence of the society from enemies within and without,
The Pataki people have lived in the Pataki valley, nestled between arms of the U-shaped mountain range that surrounds the valley, for several thousands of years. They have an ethnic tie to the Zipangi and the Chakran people of further north, but are a distinct people group.
The land is a mixture of jungle and forested plains, but much of these were cleared by the Guwimithian overlords intent on providing themselves with land for rubber plantations. The weather is mostly hot and humid, and rainy as well.
The Peoples' State is the fruit of the blood of the martyrs, the resistance of the Pataki people and the sweat of their labours. Once the heroes of the Peoples' Army routed the armies of the capitalist aggressors, the people were free to develop the utopian state, free from the exploitation they had known for a thousand years. With the strength of the Peoples' Army, with assistance from other truly free peoples around the globe, the Peoples' state was established.
The Peoples' State is a cooperative, in which all members are equal, all sharing the labours and the rewards, the fruits of their labours. Those who cannot toil are cared for. Those who deliberately act against the social good are expelled. All are provided with the basic requirements for life according to their needs, be it clothing, food or shelter.
In the Peoples' State, there is no capitalist endeavour. Capitalism is rejected as a tool of exploitation, and exploitation is the result of rejecting the basic principle that all people are equal. If all are equal, then there cannot be those who profit more from an endeavour than the majority who supply their labour. There cannot be those who supply only the perverse fruits of their previous exploitations in order to exploit yet another group of labourers, if all are equal.
With capitalism not the structure used in the Peoples' state, there is no business cycle, no depressions, no boom and bust cycles, no unemployment, and all who share in the Peoples' State share in the fruits of the State.
Under the Peoples' State, the workers are free to develop their own potential as human beings, and sharing of skills and knowledge is considered paramount within the effective society. Development of a wide range of skills not only makes an individual more resourceful, but enables them to have a greater understanding and empathy with others in their society.
All adults must attend at least a little re-education: 18 days a year, and may attend as much as is their need. Courses range from passing on skills, to
The primary task of the Peoples' State is food provision. Gone are the famines and food riots of the previous age, when the governors of the bankers and capitalists deprived the people of basic foods for their survival in order to keep them enslaved. Now, there is a surplus of food, supplied by the thankful labour of the farmers of the Peoples' State.
Food is channeled to distribution centres, aggregated and supplied to the people, free of any charge, as needed by the people. There is no profiteering, no price inflation, no shortages unless there is a blight or natural disaster, and even then supplies are normally surplus to needs and excesses stored. The Peoples understand the enormous level of freedom this basic supply has provided them, and they are ever grateful for the freedoms they have earned of their labour, and the labour gone before them.
Clothing and all other essentials to life are supplied in the same way. Cotton farms grow the cotton in the west of the nation, processed, and sent to factories across the Peoples' State. The resultant products are then distributed to the population on an as-needed basis. All excess supplies are stored and provided when needed. Supplies are managed by the Secretariats and Administrators of the Peoples' Army.
Housing is supplied in the same way. Hundreds of thousands of workers in the Peoples' State work in the factories that make the cement, or steel mills, or glass factories, and thousands more work at construction sites to build or repair the houses that will be occupied by the people. There is always an excess of housing, allowing people to move as their work and family needs require them to. Old buildings are often salvaged, with needed supplies of metals or glass removed.
Medical treatment is supplied free of charge, as is electricity and water -- to certain limits determined by need. The Peoples' State has one of the best ratios of medical workers to population: one senior medical officer per 250 people. Almost one in forty workers is a medical worker, and health care in the Peoples' State is of the best quality in the world.
Electricity and water are supplied free of charge, though there are limits to the quantity of these services that individuals can take. They are supplied to almost every apartment block in the country, and are both provided by the wealth of water pouring down from the Pataki Mountains in the Peoples' State's east. The water is clean and pure, and use not only for water supply, but in hydro-electric dams for power. 63% of the State's electricity is supplied from the hydro-electric power stations along the rivers of the Pataki valley.
With the People supplied with the basics for life -- food, clothing, housing, medical attention, education, power and water -- without reference to cost, the Peoples' State has little need of money. For these essentials, a system of ration coupons is provided, allowing administrators to assess and know the needs of the family so that the necessary goods can be supplied. For medical attention, the people need only present their Peoples' State ID, proof of their participation in the cooperative, to receive the free medical treatment or educational supplies. ID is provided in the form of "dog tags", but increasingly photographic ID is being issued.
While the basics of life are supplied, for there to be real freedom, the non-essentials of life must be chosen. For this, ration coupons will be provided, which are then exchanged for the service provided. For example, three coupons will provide access to a cinema, one might be exchanged for the local beer, ten may buy a radio set, and thirty or more may buy a non-standard clothing, dress or suit.
These coupons are not exchangeable with any currency internationally, and have no value outside the Peoples' State, so for foreigners a coinage system is supplied, provided by the generosity of the Peoples' Army. All foreigners are required to report to each town's Administration centre so that their needs may be catered for, in terms of food and shelter. The coins, known as Oma, cannot be exchanged for food, only for coupon books that will be supplied for use at local restaurants, hotels and markets.
While the people have gained mightily from this new organisation, this free state, the bankers and landowners, denied millions of toiling slaveworkers whom they could enslave with debts and useless consumer products, and denied the land they exploited and ravaged for their own perverse desires and profits, have continually recruited more willing slaves for their war against the truly free Pataki people. For this reason, the Peoples' Army has maintained its strength and numbers. No less than 80,000 valiant soldiers provide the front line of defense of the Peoples' State, receiving all their basic essentials for life, and the promise that they will be rewarded upon their retirement from the Peoples' Army.
Another 250,000 tireless militiamen provide the second-line of security for the people within the Peoples' State, with security and law-enforcement forces. When the law of society is broken, these militias move against the perpetrators, assess the will of the perpetrators -- are they working against the society deliberately or by accident -- and pronouce the consequences of these actions. Criminals fear the Peoples' Militias, and the people respect them for keeping all accountable for their actions -- foolish or otherwise.
The Peoples' State is not yet a complete project. There remains much to be done to provide the people with their every need or desire. There is yet much more to be done to ensure the security of the Peoples' investment of their labours in this near-Utopia, and the free peoples have many enemies that yet need to be vanquished.
But, the people are strong, and they will complete the task of building the greatest Utopia that will break down the resolve of those serving the bankers, capitalists and land owners.
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