Overview EditThe Free State of Kennedy (FSK), commonly referred as the Free State or just Kennedy, is a direct-academic-democratic state located in the old suburbs of Lisle and Naperville of Chicagoland. The smallest sovereign nation in the world at about one square mile in area, comprising of everything within the city walls and a small plot of land 500 feet from the northern wall, called Woodman's plot. It it surrounded on all sides by the John F. Kennedy Forest Preserve, created by a treaty with the Reformed States.
Kennedy was founded after Colonel Willows and Shadow Force left the local middle school to found a new city right after the Great Green Plague in 2015. The founders modeled a new type of government called an "academic democracy" which became the model of democracy in many countries across the world. The small city-state is entirely surrounded by the Reformed States of America. Kennedians are very proud of their independence, hence the term: Free State.
The Free State of Kennedy received its name from a pre-plague junior high school where the founders decided to stay and fortify. Kennedy Junior High was named after an old American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The term "Free State" comes from a chant that was directed towards American envoys requesting annexation. It entails complete sovereignty of the state and people from external forces.
Early Days Edit
The Free State of Kennedy was founded in 2015 after the Great Green Plague ravaged the entire world. The junior high that would later become the center of the city, was a meeting point for Shadow Force and Colonel John Willows efforts of saving stranded children in the suburbs of Naperville and Lisle to relocate to a centralized location on the Kankakee River.
Arriving a day late to the meeting point, 10 founders from 7 families decided to stay at Kennedy Junior High and fortify their position. Within several weeks, there were a total of 300 people split into 28 artificial families. They stayed inside of the school itself, in the nearby houses, and in tents and shacks set up in the parks. They built walls out of wood, steel, and house siding to enclose an area roughly the size of the current city state. The original founders created a constitution and a Kennedian Charter for the Rights of all People that served as a basis of governance.
From the beginning, Kennedy was a direct democracy. Everyone voted on literally everything. People would meet in the Kennedy courtyard or on the tarmac behind the school to hold public meetings. Everyone who was strong enough was expected to pull their own weight and help defend the city if needed. There were also strong safety nets put in place to make sure that no one who worked would starve. To be a citizen is to work for the good of all the people. In the early days, people who disregarded others, didn't do their work, or were acting dangerously were voted out of the city by their neighbors, never to return. This practice is continued to this day.
Each citizen is promised a roof to live under and a basic diet if they do the basic things required of them (this later is supported by a minimum wage instead of redistribution). After that, they are rewarded with cervos (Kennedian currency).
The early days is marked by minimal development of sophisticated buildings. Most citizens and most of the services are located inside of the junior high school. As a sovereign nation, they maintained the colors and mascots of the school: maroon and gold, and the eagle.
Kennedy enjoyed almost year without any American contact. Their greatest problems were gangs of bikers and outlaws that roamed the land scavenging for food and resources. During this time many Kennedians started to dismantle nearby houses for building materials. They couldn't spread out beyond the wall because lack of protection. The only exception is the Woodman family who decided to stay in their original home when they learned that the wall wouldn't go around their land.
Post-American Contact Edit
The American capital of Queensland sent out several biker contingents to the suburbs to set up effective governance in the lawless lands, as well as to get factions to join the Reformed States. Two separate groups of American bikers entered the city gates in two consecutive months. They plead to the Kennedian people that joining the Reformed States would benefit them because they would join as a city state, giving them more power. The resounded answer to both pleas were: "we are a free state! We owe you nothing!" Chanted by the citizens gathered in the public place.
The bikers returned with an ultimatum to the Kennedian people: join the Reformed States as a city state, or be "left alone" as a sovereign nation without any trade relations or alliances. The Kennedian answer was the same. This got off the American-Kennedian relations off to a shaky start: at one point a Kennedian guard shot at an American biker. This prompted a visit by the American Queen Victoria Corona to the city to work out a treaty with the Kennedian people. The Treaty of Kennedy was worked out to have the Reformed States respect Kennedian sovereignty and vice versa.
The provisions are: the Free State of Kennedy's borders are what is inside the walls plus Woodman's lot; all structures within a newly established John F Kennedy Memorial Forest Preserve were to be dismantled and nothing new to be built there (this was to act as a buffer zone but it is under the control of the Reformed States); the promise of no aggression from either party; the ability to trade with each other (but each nation can establish restrictions); if the Free State is destroyed in war the Reformed States can claim the land and vice versa with the Reformed States; and lastly the Kennedians and the Reformed States can co-sponsor new settlements under a specific Kennedy Charter that has many restrictions.The treaty was successful at keeping the peace between the two nations, as well as fostering a friendship over joint administration of territory. Legally, the land of Kennedy chartered settlements are Reformed States soil, but its citizens can chose allegiance to either country.
The Hobson Coup Attempt Edit
In the year 2029 ADC, three families headed by Arthur Hobson tried to seize power by bringing in clubs and small arms to a town hall meeting, trying to declare the "Hobson Dictatorship." They were easily struck down and given a trial the next week. The three families: Hobson, Pine, and Green were forced out of the Free State to settle elsewhere. They settled right outside the Exclusion Zone on three different sides, becoming the founding families of Hobson Commons, Green Square, and Pinetown. Along with the banishment, the Hobsons were revoked "House status" among the founding eight (now seven) families.
Post-Treaty Era Edit
During this time, the Kennedians experienced a period of peaceful expansion of culture. It was during this era when the University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe was founded and the rules of academic democracy were formalized into law. Before this, academic democracy was informally used in town hall meetings.
Hoffman Invasion and Aftermath Edit
During the Hoffman campaign to attack the Reformed States capital of Queensland, a battalion of Hoffman soldiers, motorcycles, and tanks launched an attack on the Free State. It was in the early morning, a heavy fog had settled over the half-dismantled buildings in the exclusion zone when the loud whine of Hoffman bikes and tank treads filled the area with sound. While they advanced through the wreckage from the east, they set fire to remaining buildings causing the the sky to completely blacken. A regiment of American soldiers that were nearby retreated to inside the walls and fought alongside the entire Kennedian Defense Forces. It was no match for the Hoffman Empire's 10 tanks and their flamethrowers. 500 Hoffman regulars quickly stormed the walls behind the tanks and laid waste to anyone that was in their way. While the Eastern walls fell, many of the civilians who couldn't fight were escorted out the western wall to hide in the rubble of the exclusion zone. All of the buildings inside the walls and the entire school were razed to the ground; if it weren't for the 1,000 American reinforcements from the south, this would have been a repeat of what happened to Ohio City. After 6 of the tanks were destroyed, the Hoffman commander decided the damage was done and retreated back to the east.
After it was all over, 983 people were killed on both sides with the wounded being a little shy of 2,000. The walls were damaged beyond repair, and the buildings were completely burned to the ground. If the Queen had known about the battle, she would have moved to annex the FSK, but the sovereignty of the nation was saved by one remaining flag flying high above the rubble. The American commander in charge of the reinforcement troops decided to pursue the Hoffman army back east, leaving the city in the hands of her people.
As soon as the smoke settled, rebuilding began. The remaining citizens voted an architect William Stratton, and his brother Clyde, to design a new city to be built from the ashes. They gave them a surprising amount of power for a direct democracy, and when they were rebuilding, Stratton was considered a de facto leader of the people.
The Stratton Plan Edit
Stratton had to build a city within the walls of the current encampment. He had plans for taller brick walls, a stadium, a university, a capital building, a fortress, a granary, and many green spaces for public forums. The plan was put before the people and they accepted it overwhelmingly. He planned for everything to be built with brick and mortar made inside of the exclusion zone. This plan required the cooperation and work from all Kennedian citizens in order for it to come to fruition. During this time, the family system truly cemented itself deep into Kennedian culture: people who had no living family left due to the invasion were accepting into other families. Families started to create coats of arms to hang above their doors.
The Stratton Plan took 35 years to complete: the first and longest aspect of the plan to implement was the walls, which took 20 years alone to finish. At the same time, people were laboring on the designs of the streets and the looks of the houses. The plan was meant to be built in phases as the population grew so certain part of the city remained farmland while others became quickly built up.
Phase 1: Walls and the fortress
Phase 2: Granary and the first houses
Phase 3: Capital building and family compounds
Phase 4: University, the marketplace, and the stadiumThose were the main phases, Stratton left about 1/2 of the land undeveloped in hopes of an expanding population, because when he originally drew up the plans the population was at 2,548 citizens. He planned for 20,000 people maximum within the confines of the city.
Life during these years was tough, every day people woke up and worked together to build these public works. This was a time of relatively little excess and molded Kennedian culture for years to come.
Forming A New Religion Edit
During the aftermath of the invasion, a person by the name of Nicholas Woodman, the patriarch of the Woodman family outside the walls on Woodman's lot had a vision from God. In his vision, God told him to plant a tree for every single person killed in the battle. He also commanded Nicholas to edit the Bible to remove anything that was contradictory to his message of love: anything misogynistic, homophobic, violent, or was didn't pertain to his message was removed. What was left represented the the views of the 21st century, and Nicholas hailed himself as the "Editor." What started as a small cult turned into a full fledged religion when the majority of the Kennedian people accepted it, as well as many peoples beyond the border.
This religion held nature in the highest of respect and people started to go out into the exclusion zone and removed all traces of human development. The only structures left were Woodman's lot, Colonel Willows childhood home, and an abandoned school building to the north. People moved into this building to go pray, and it turned into a cloister of prayer. It was named Bedson Grove for the person who founded it.
After another person died from falling from the wall, Nicholas Woodman created a funeral tradition to bury the body under a sapling in the forest.
Officially Joining the War Edit
After the invasion on Kennedian soil, the Free State could not afford to stay neutral like before. Many chartered settlements supplied troops to American armies, but the Kennedian Defense Force was just a police force within the city's borders (this is why the head of the FSKDF is called the Chief of Police, all soldiers are called officers, and wear badges). After the invasion, the FSKDF took on a greater role of becoming a professional army. The people of Kennedy voted unanimously to declare war on the Hoffman Empire and quickly raised an unit of 500 soldiers to train while the rest of the citizens worked on rebuilding their city.
The first 500 soldiers trained in an area that is now called Fort Naper. They were gifted guns and gear from the Reformed States, while their uniforms are homemade. The famous maroon, black, and gold uniforms came from this time period. They used ranks from the police department for the military and technically are the same entity. This was a start of a long military tradition.
The first 500 soldiers were split up among the American divisions to lower the chances of the entire army being destroyed. These Kennedians were integrated well into the Reformed States military and worked well with their american compatriots. There was one airship commissioned under an entire Kennedian crew in the battle over Ohio, which was badly damaged and limped home.
As the war progressed and the Kennedian population increased, the FSKDF sent more an more troops into the conflict as whole companies attached to American divisions. Soldiers fought valiantly alongside their American allies, which fostered amazing relations between the two nations. Eventually people in the joint controlled zones could choose either to serve under the Reformed States Army or the Free State of Kennedy Defense Forces.
By the time of the end of the war, the FSKDF was the second most powerful military on the continent.
The Rise of the University Edit
The popularity of the University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe (UKW) increased immensely after the Old Main was built and education made free and compulsory for all Kennedian residents. The public university provides education for all ages from preschool to doctoral programs. As the flagship campus for the UK university system, it has developed a reputation of being the best school in the world. It attracts the best teachers and professors from all regions, and this was due to the cultural importance of education. The principles of a direct democracy requires a very educated populace, and now the system of academic democracy has been put into place by an amendment, making the University indispensable in Kennedian politics.
The great Greene Library was built during the times of the Stratton Plan, and books from all over the known world were collected and sent there. Literally any citizen can check out a book from the library and are encouraged to. It is a place of quiet reflection and studying, the semi-circle of artisan glass encompass only a small part of the library.
After several years, the University matured to be a major source of administration and governance--it was connected to the capital building for a reason. It developed at huge reputation of being the most prestigious school in the history of the world, and the waiting list for non-Kennedians is over 200 years long.
Foundation Documents: Edit
Kennedian Charter for the Rights of all People (2015) Edit
Simply referred to as the Charter, this document lists all of the rights of the people that cannot be infringed upon by anyone. Including are: free speech, free press, right to an education, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, right to property, right to a job, right to subsistence, right to healthcare, right to children, etc. Explicitly stated that the list is not set in stone, and specific rights can be added by amendment. Also stated that once on the list, the rights cannot be taken away (unless as punishment for criminal behavior). Here the founders also laid out the rule: "your rights end where someone else's starts." Meaning you do not have the right to take other people's rights away. This was the most progressive founding document of any post-plague nation, and set a very high standard of living for the Kennedians.
Kennedian Constitution (2016) Edit
This document is the foundation of the governmental system. It lays out all bodies of government such as the Assembly (literally every citizen), the Defense Forces (with a combined meritocratic/democratic leadership), the Court System (elected judges serve 25 year terms and can be impeached, for petty cases ruling comes from a jury), and the bureaucracy (later amended to be under University oversight as academic departments, which are meritocratic-ally elected). The constitution also lays out the functioning of the economy, which was added by amendment later. The constitution can only be up for an amendment vote once a year, so amendment authors often fight for a spot on amendment night in December (an amendment needs a 2/3 majority vote to pass). Only 36 amendments have made it into law in over several thousand years, mostly because the founders were so thorough with writing the document in the first place.
The Eight Pillars of Democracy (2016) Edit
The Eight Pillars of Democracy was a short pamphlet that was handed out by the founders to encourage voter participation. It entailed the eight most important hallmarks of Kennedian democracy, and are now universally accepted and taught throughout the free world.
Kennedian Penal Codes (2021) Edit
This document outlined criminal laws and corresponding punishments. It laid a framework of "innocent until proven guilty" and valued correction over punishment. In the codes it lists several crimes as unforgivable, and if convicted the defendant will be deported very far away under threat of death: murder, rape, violent revolution, defrauding consumers, violent assault resulting in major injury, abuse, perjury, and any hate crime. Kennedians have not yet had to use the death penalty on criminals trying to sneak back into the country. This form of "criminal eviction" does not sit well with the Reformed States, who preemptively imprisons any violent offenders released into their country. For a brief period of time in Kennedian history, the death penalty was added to the penal codes, but was banned after one use by a constitutional judge, stating violations of the constitution.
University Charter of the University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe. Second Revision. (2072) Edit
The revision of the University Charter made the rules of academic democracy permanent and regulated by the school. It also gave the school enormous power in government by restructuring the bureaucracy under it as academic departments.
Major Legislation: Edit
The Kennedy Charters of Settlement (2044)
Chartered treaties between the Reformed States of America and the FSK to form joint governmental jurisdiction over new chartered settlements.
The University Acts (2100)
A series of theses and amendments to the Kennedian Constitution that significantly limits the power of the University, and establishes a chancellorship as the head of the university system.
Top Public Offices: Edit
Chancellor of the University System (established 2100) Edit
Voted into office for a one-time term for ten years (absolutely no exceptions) out of a pool of the current and former University Presidents who have been deemed qualified by the public to run for the office. Chancellors are elected via popular, runoff vote in which the best candidate is chosen. The Chancellor is the de facto head of government of the Free State and is the face of the nation on the world stage. The powers of the Chancellorship is very limited to overseeing the university system and making sure that everything is running smoothly. The Chancellor is also in charge of running the monthly town hall meetings that take place in the capital of Kennedy. The Chancellor can be impeached if the town hall assembly has enough evidence for an impeachment trial. Grounds for impeachment are violations of any founding document or Penal Code. The assembly needs a super majority of 2/3 present to impeach the Chancellor, and this has only happened 5 times in Kennedian history, with 3 chancellors actually getting convicted.
University Presidents Edit
Voted into office for a one-time-renewable term of five years out of a pool of current and former department chairs of any university within the university system. University Presidents can only be voted on by residents of the University District, with the obvious exception of UK Bedson Grove, of which the district is an extension of UK Woodclyffe's district. Presidents are elected via popular, runoff vote in which the best candidate is chosen. Presidential powers are limited to running the University District they have been voted into. They oversee the departments of their universities and help enforce the laws that the assembly passes. The President can be impeached if the town hall assembly has enough evidence for an impeachment trial. Grounds for impeachment are violations of any founding document or Penal Code. The assembly needs a super majority of 2/3 present to impeach the President, and has only happened on a handful of occasions.
Chief of Police Edit
Voted into office for twice-renewable term of fifteen years out of a pool of current or former deputy chiefs of police around the Free State, the Chief of Police is the head of the Free State of Kennedy Defense Forces. The Defense Forces are in charge of policing the population as well as military policy, because the FSKDF acts as both a police unit and the military, as per tradition. The Chief of Police makes all executive decisions concerning warfare, with the exception of declaring war itself; that power is strictly reserved for the People. Usually, the FSK does not declare war because of it's rather pacifist roots and the role of the military as a defensive force and not an offensive one. The Chief of Police can be impeached if the town hall assembly has enough evidence for an impeachment trial. Grounds for impeachment are violations of any founding document or Penal Code. The assembly needs a super majority of 2/3 present to impeach the Chief of Police, however this has never happened.
Chief Magistrate Edit
Voted into office for a single term of one hundred years (amended from life term due to UKW.DH.S#2147.04.13A) the position of Chief Magistrate is chosen from a qualified pool of current and former junior magistrates from all across the nation. The duty of the Chief Magistrate is the interpret the foundation documents of the FSK in the highest court in the land in civil and criminal trials. The highest court has a panel of eight Magistrates with one additional being the Chief Magistrate. The courts' job also entails reviewing scientific and public policy papers, as well as policing the bureaucracy, which the Chief Magistrate often delegates to interior Justice Departments. The Chief Magistrate also ensures that town halls run smoothly with the Chancellor and presidents by enforcing the rules of debate. The Chief Magistrate can be impeached if the town hall assembly has enough evidence for an impeachment trial. Grounds for impeachment are violations of any founding document or Penal Code. The assembly needs a super majority of 2/3 present to impeach the Chief Magistrate, however this has happened only once.
Department Chairs Edit
Voted into office for a five year term with a limit of ten consecutive terms, each department chair is voted from a pool of qualified professors in that field by either the students and faculty of the department, or by the entire population of the University District, depending on the post. Larger departments that affect the entire district such as the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Civics, and the Department of Labor are voted by the public, while smaller departments such as Department of Transcripts and Testimonies are voted by only the faculty and students of said department. Department Chairs make sure everything is running smoothly in their respective departments, as well as providing direction and leadership when it comes to leadership and research. Department Chairs can be impeached by standard processes, or they can be removed by the University President or Chancellor for "failing to do their job" among other things. There is an appeals process for Department Chairs to regain their title and position if they believe that they were erroneously or wrongly removed, which requires the courts.
The motto of the entire economic system is: “people before profits.” That phrase is ingrained deeply in the constitution and laws around the country. People live and die by this motto.
There is a constitutional minimum wage that is pegged the cost of living tallied by the university’s math department. The wage is changed every year to account for fluctuations in currency value.
Loans and Banking Edit
Loans in the FSK are somewhat hard to get; there are several types of loans: national loans in which the people vote on if a business should get a loan, interest is capped at ten percent, and if the party defaults on the loan they may never again take a national loan; the next type of loan is a discretionary loan which comes from the national bank in small amounts of money, but at a fixed interest rate; the last type of loan is a private loan in which it is protected by the government but the parties have almost all the say in it, the cap on interest is at a high twenty percent.
The currency of the FSK is backed up by value of gold and silver in the capital building bank vault. Currency can be traded in for its value in gold. This is to keep inflation at bay and keep the currency valuable. The name of the currency is Cervos (plural) and Cervo (singular) [pronounced Sair-vo] it is Latin for deer, which was acceptable currency until 2025. The symbol for a Cervo is ɕ. Legal tender comes in standard sized banknotes in the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 1000 denominations. Each denomination is a different color and honors different Kennedian heroes, places, and events. On all of the denominations is a deer/buck water mark. Metal coins come in different sizes and metal types for different denominations of .05, .10, .25, and .50 coins. Reformed States currency is not accepted in FSK territory but the exchange rate is almost 1:1 and there are many places to exchange currency. Many American businesses accept Kennedian Cervos over US dollars because of the gold and silver standard it carries. More money is only printed when the FSK acquires more precious metals, the FSK currency is not fiat money such as the US money, making it much more stable and prone to not inflating. The smallest amount of gold that can be traded in for currency is one gram, which is ɕ 20. The silver 50 cent coin is actually a gram of silver and worth face value. Melting coins for profit is a serious crime which results in a ɕ 1,000,000 minimum fine and immediate banishment under threat of death.
Labor Laws Edit
There legally can’t be monopolies unless the company is government-owned, or the area of the market is very niche.
Child labor is strictly forbidden: anyone under the age of ten cannot hold a job and must be enrolled in school, children older than the can hold part-time jobs less that ten hours a week but be in school. By the time of secondary school graduation at age of 16 or so, they can hold full time jobs.
Legality of Corporations Edit
All corporations within the borders of the country are illegal. This was set into place in the early years of the nation by democratic vote and set into the constitution. There are exceptions for foreign corporations though: the corporation has to pledge of allegiance to the principles of the Kennedian economic code, and not to siphon off most of the profits to out of the country. In the pledge of allegiance, they restrict themselves under Kennedian law to conform to the rest of economy. Examples are capping the CEO’s pay at double the median worker’s salary, following strict environmental guidelines, pegging the minimum wage to the standard of living, and not having a profit margin of more than 50%. Among other things, this pledge of allegiance is a contract, and is voided when the foreign company breaks the law. If the law is broken, the corporation is automatically dissolved, assets liquidated, and the owners/people who broke the law are imprisoned and fined heavily if they enter Kennedian territory. Sometimes they can be extradited from the Reformed States if the law that is broken is serious. This is all to make sure that American corporate capitalism does not destroy the integrity of the Kennedian economy. Obviously there have only been several foreign companies set up shop in the FSK due to the harshness of the penalties. Two corporations have been shut down and one CEO was put in prison for 100 years.
Trade Policy and KAJEZ Edit
As for the FSK trade policy, which is highly protective of homegrown markets, it can be somewhat an antithesis to the free state’s principles. A lot of food and raw materials have to be imported into the country because there is no growing space, so all agricultural produce and food can move freely in and out of the country. They just have to be declared at customs and inspected by the department of health. In mass shipments the produce has to be inspected by the dept. of health on the production site, if the site follows the Kennedian code of economic conduct, free trade can happen. In the FSK-USA Joint Economic zone (KAJEZ) which contains most of northern Illinois, all trade is free trade, but everything is up to Kennedian standards, which is higher than the Americans. Both the Dollar and the Cervo are accepted, and American corporations are extremely limited. This economic corridor is a bustling union powerhouse for both the FSK and the USA. Most Kennedian manufacturing now occurs outside the borders of FSK proper. Many families still operate manufacturing plants in the economic corridor though. FSK proper is now mostly a service and an artisan economy focused on the arts.
Economic Machines Edit
There are three types of economic machines in the FSK: the government-owned company, the worker cooperative, and the family business.
Obviously those three types of machines can be overlapped, and often are.
Public Sector Edit
Government-owned companies are usually implemented for public services and is under the direct control of the government. Leadership is democratically elected from a pool of qualified candidates. Depending on the scope of the company, voting might be restricted to only workers of the company or it might be a national election. People in leadership cannot serve consecutive terms, and cannot serve the same position for more than five terms in total. The length of terms widely differ from job to job and are usually decided by the university. People in the leadership positions get paid more than the lowest earning worker, but the pay gap has to be less than three to one. This is non-negotiable and set in the constitution. People in leadership can be dismissed by a general vote if a petition reaches one-third of the population, leaders can also be dismissed for violating the code of conduct set up by the state. Punishments range from dock in pay to banishment. Examples of government-owned businesses are: department of transportation, dept. of sanitation, dept. of parks and recreation, dept. of construction and planning, dept. of utilities, etc. Company stock is public, but voting in certain companies is restricted to the workers.
There are government units that are not government-owned companies, but the pay grade is still the same. Governmental units differ from the government-owned companies insofar that they do not provide a direct service to the public or is democratically elected. Some examples here are the university, the defense force, and most departments in city hall. Union membership is required in both.
Worker Cooperatives Edit
The largest part of the economy is made up of worker cooperatives. These organizations are owned and controlled one hundred percent by the workers, so there is no need for a union because the whole thing is basically a union. The idea of a cooperative is to make money for the workers while producing whatever goods or services is needed. All choices in business decisions are democratic and leadership is elected by members on a five year basis with a limit to four terms. People can be removed from office by a simple majority vote of workers, but if the officeholder violates the cooperative’s constitution, they are kicked out of the cooperative immediately. Officeholder’s salaries are voted on by the workers, but is usually double the share of the lowest earners. This is before profits are put into the equation. Every month or so, profits are distributed evenly among members after people’s paychecks are taken into account. There is a portion that is left aside for reinvestment into the company. Company stock is only sold to workers. Common places that these cooperatives get money are credit unions and the national bank. If there is no profits for a time, or there is massive debt, dividends don’t get paid, but salaries aren’t cut. Examples of cooperatives are: farmers united, ranchers union, Watson glass and steel, etc.
Family Businesses Edit
The last form of economic machine are the family businesses. Families are extremely strong in the FSK so family businesses are commonplace. There are three rules for having a family business: all profits must go to helping the family as a whole, not just one member, and the workers must be all from the same family with the exception of custodial jobs, clerking, etc. Everyone employed has a say in what goes on in the business, but here there is a lot more room for family structure to play into the game. Here family companies’ leadership doesn’t have to be elected if wanted. The third rule is that family businesses should not be providing public services or have a monopoly on a single market. Prices of certain goods cannot be so high that the profit margin to labor and supply costs is larger than fifty percent. Examples of family businesses are: Prophet’s Diner, Thompson Books, Brighton Streetlamps (granted monopoly by popular vote), Stratton Pens and Confectioneries, Stratton Map Makers, The Kennedy Pub, etc. Many families have gotten rich from this machine and it can be seen by simply walking down the street. Most family businesses are artisan in nature and require a lot of tradesmenship.
Since its conception, the Free State of Kennedy has drawn a ton of travelers and tourists because of its location and peculiarity, among many other things it has to offer.
Considered a haven for democracy and relative freedom, Kennedy received many refugees within the Early Days and the Consolidation Period. This helped expand its population, which also created ties to outside the Free State. Even before the Stratton Plan came into being, tourists from nearby cities and countries went to see the direct democracy for their own eyes. Town Hall meetings drew in crowds of many foreigners, so many in fact, that they had to be confined to a certain zone in order for them not to interfere with the proceedings.
As the Free State Grew, more and more people came into the city for Market Days to buy and sell goods, as well as take in the newly built sights such as the walls and the University itself. In fact, a booming tourist industry has grown out of the Market Day and Town Hall traditions, in which the largest companies are House Stratton Charter Tours and House Kennedy Charter Tours.
Almost every family compound in the country has a boarding room for travelers and there are even some families that provide full hotel services, such as House King and the West Family.
A huge source of tourism is the Woodball Stadium in the north end of the city, in which games between the FSK's national team and other city states are played. With the Free State being the birthplace of Woodball, even amateur Woodball League games between intracity families draw crowds of thousands of natives and foreigners alike.
Recently, the country has seen a massive influx of religious travelers who want to see the religious sights and even meet a living saint. These pilgrims mostly adhere to the Brightonist religion, but some Kennedian Christians chose to travel here to see their ancestors' burial rings.
The only barrier to tourists is the strict opening and closing of all of the city gates at night time, so all travel in and out is completely halted. The closest rail station is in the suburbs of Greene Square, Pine Town, and Hobson Commons. Tourists will either need to walk through the forest to get to the city gates, or hitch a ride on a horse carriage heading that way, as no motor vehicles have been allowed in the country since 2045 ADC.
Family System: Edit
The Free State of Kennedy has a very strong and unique family system. Ever since the founding, families have become more like brands. Their crest is on every member and everything they produce. There are two types of families: the founding houses, and all other families. Founding houses have the privilege of being called "House" like House Stratton, or House Kennedy. There are only seven founding houses (originally eight): Kennedy, Stratton, Johnson, Li, Woodman, Lincoln, and King. The eighth house, House Hobson, had their title revoked and banished because they plotted a coup to overthrow the democracy and replace it with a dictatorship.
Family Specialties: Edit
- Brighton: Metalworking and posts
- Stratton: Maps, supplies, and police
- Woodman: Forestry
- Kennedy: Government, public house (the pub)
- Lincoln: furniture and woodworking
- West: Maps, bookbinding, and writing
- Lisle: messengers
- King: sports
- Andrews: weapons
- Thompson: glass, books
- Prophet: restaurants
Famous People: Edit
- Samantha Agnew
- Leah Brighton
- Nicholas Woodman
- Xander Woodman
- Isabella Woodman
- Johnathan Woodman
- Michael Woodman
- Anthony Kennedy
- David Kennedy
- Olivia Kennedy
- Cody Johnson
- Lars Johnson
- Clyde Stratton
- Edward Stratton
- Elizabeth Stratton
- William Stratton
- Steven Stratton
- Stanford Stratton
- Jack Lincoln
- Fredrick Li
- Emerson King
- Daniel King
- Olivia King
- Samuel Lincoln
- Emma Montgomery
- Lily Manchester
Role of Education in Kennedian Society Edit
Education is paramount to everything that the Free State of Kennedy stands for, and as such, is a right of all citizens to receive free education from early childhood all the way to career specialization. Along the way civics and government classes are taught every single year, building in complexity and topics. If a student does not receive a passing grade in their final secondary school Civics Class, they will have to retake it until they pass until they are allowed to cast a ballot in the town hall meetings.
This system of government with the University as the bureaucracy and educators of the judges, juries, voting population, and professors, it is imperative to the greater good that any indoctrination would be purged. Which the writing of the University Acts in 2100 ADC, the University is required to have a staff with diverse opinions on political and other issues in order to foster debate, not indoctrination. Each class is taught from multiple viewpoints including: establishment, left, right, libertarian, authoritarian etc viewpoints on all subjects. Finally, if indoctrination is to be uncovered, the perpetrators would automatically lose citizenship and be deported. Steps to curb indoctrination include but are not limited to: allowing citizens to be educated at non-Kennedian schools (public and private), allowing for the usage of out-of-system academic papers to be examined and used as evidence in a town hall, allowing students to ask and inquire about anything without being reprimanded, and providing truthful answers instead of propaganda.
This system as a whole has struggled during some tough times with political strife and corruption of some academic officials. There has not been a case of indoctrination or other academic dishonesty that has not been handled effectively by the Department of Justice. Kennedians are to remain diligent if they are to keep their democracy.
The University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe Edit
All citizens are educated from early childhood to post-graduate education goes through the University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe. The University has a very rigorous curriculum intended to inspire creativity and political activism in its students.
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Civics
- Department of Economics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Parks and Recreation
- Department of Sanitation
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Transcripts and Tesitmonies
- Department of Education
- Department of Sociology
Ground Breaking Academic Studies and Papers: Edit
UKW.DH.S#2147.04.13A (The Immortality Papers) Edit
The academic study concluding that the human race has become biologically immortal due the Great Green Plague some 130 years earlier.
The University of Kennedy, Bedson Grove Edit
A satellite campus of the University of Kennedy based in an old private school well within the Exclusion Zone, Bedson Grove also doubles as a cloister for nuns and monks of the Kennedian religion. Bedson Grove started off as a school for naturalists and forestry, which then grew into the center of outdoor education of all Kennedian Citizens, who must spend a semester there in their secondary school. This university also has departments that Woodclyffe does not, and therefore these departments also have jurisdiction in the Free State Proper as well.
- Department of Forestry
- Department of Biology
- Department of Theology
- Department of Geology
- Department of Mortuairy Sciences
Format for Studies and Papers: Edit
The format for studies and papers from any Kennedian University follow the same system to make it easier to identify. In addition to this format, scientists may also write another title for shorthand. The format is as follows: University Code. Department Code. S# (study number), date in year month day format, and a letter if more than one paper is published in one day.
The Order of Prudentia Edit
The Order of the Prudentia is a secret academic society that functions within the old university. Nobody for sure knows who these people are because whenever someone says something to the public about them, they vanish. They built massive catacombs underneath the city for their experiments on people and societies. The Order has stolen numerous orphans and babies and raised them in the catacombs, studying their subjects every move. They are considered overlords of a subterranean society that knows nothing about the world above them. Their subjects live in a false reality created by the Order, and they use that for scientific purposes. It is rumored that around 200 of the subjects have lived their whole lives in there, with at least 20 generations.
Their symbol that the Order of Prudentia maintains on certain buildings and secret places is a shut book with a lock on it that has OP in Morse code on the cover.
The only entrance to the catacombs is behind a stone bookshelf in a secluded portion of the Great Library. There have been stories of people getting lost and accidentally falling into the catacombs, where they are killed by the Order. This city considers itself to be morally pure, and when the public found out what was happening beneath the surface, panic ensued.
The Shit/trash Tunnels Edit
Deep below the streets of the city are the shit tunnels, and are named for their function. Kennedy does not use water in its waste removal system, citing a waste of resources. Instead what has developed is a subterranean network of tunnels connected to every house in the city. Each house has several toilets on several different levels positioned just so that open air pipes could be placed so that all the excrement lands in one pile in a cart on a track, so Shit Takers can remove the waste from the city without getting too dirty. Urine is released into special containers in each bathroom to be taken for reuse as certain chemicals. All of the shit tunnels lead to a route far outside the city beyond the exclusion zone to a farm where the excrement is made into fertilizer. The very same tunnels are used to collect basic trash as well. Many Kennedians though do not have a lot of waste products because of their lifestyle, but trash is still collected every week.
Methane Gas Lighting Edit
The entirety of the gas lamps in the city are powered by methane, a byproduct of composting done at an off site location at the end of the Shit Tunnels. This is to lower the total carbon footprint of the city, because burning methane, releases much less potent gases into the atmosphere than just straight up releasing it. Before it is sent to the lamps, the gases from the compost are filtered into pure methane to make sure that none of the lamps smell bad. Enough methane is produced from the composting pits to have a running extra supply of methane gas to use later or sell off.
Parks and Recreation Edit
The Free State of Kennedy is renowned for its parks system. Of the total area of the city, about one fourth of it are public parks. Not to mention the massive Exclusion Zone that surrounds the city, the people of the FSK are well connected with Nature.
The two largest parks in the FSK proper are Saint Nicholas Woodman Park, which acts as the "quad" for the University of Kennedy, Woodclyffe; and the Kennedy Commons, the public space where town hall meetings are held. These two parks are connected with Kennedy Square, and act as the heart of the city.The other park within FSK proper is called JFK Memorial Stadium and is the national stadium for all sporting events. It can hold the entire population of the city, and is always bustling, even when there aren't any woodball matches. Several people have called for moving the town halls there because it has seating, but the motion wasn't really popular.