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Alternative Government

Opt-in private state
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An alternative government is basically a private, non-nation-state organisation which collects taxes and provides services to its 'citizens' i.e. members.

It organises and presents itself as a parallel to the nation state. It's just a private members organisation like the AA or the Freemasons but its aims are to run the services of a nation.

This is for all those people who feel disenfranchised by the government of e state they live in.

Services might include state handouts, rubbish collection, schools, healthcare, as well as 'consular services' relating to dealing with actual nation-state governments. There would be a legal system with courts and fines, as well as a police service.

Once a few million people have signed up here, things might start to happen!

pocmloc, Nov 04 2014

mildly related http://www.vice.com.../kingdom-of-germany
Some nutter trying to start his own micronation [mitxela, Nov 05 2014]


       We could call the tax a "tithe"!
bungston, Nov 04 2014

       You don't pronounce that second t, you folks who were giggling.
bungston, Nov 04 2014

       But you'd still have to pay taxes to the regular governnent...
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 04 2014

       Its two.... two.... gover mints in one.   

       Now in a stay fresh foil packet.
popbottle, Nov 04 2014

       We have an almost perfect government. It is a bit too expensive, but most of that money is spent preventing the government from doing anything, which is mostly what is needed.
theircompetitor, Nov 05 2014

       If my gut's not wrong then WWII never really ended... it just turned long-term economic.
There's more than one way to skin a cat right?

       WWII was just a run-on conflict after the hashed resolution of WWI - which in turn was kind of due to tensions built up after the end of the Crimean war, which itself...
zen_tom, Nov 05 2014

       The opt-in part is easy. Opting out of your current government is the hard part, unless you can buy an island or want to live on an abandoned AA platform in the English Channel.
the porpoise, Nov 05 2014

       Islamic State?
pertinax, Nov 05 2014

       famous last idea.   

       famous last words.
pashute, Nov 06 2014

       I could've sworn I'd posted something similar in an opt-in type of government, where all non-basic infrastructural services are run by competing private corporations on some kind of subscription basis, essentially privatizing the parties and letting them play in their own sandboxes.
RayfordSteele, Nov 07 2014

       If you guys read some fiction you'd realize that this is not an original idea. Start with Snow Crash, and branch out from there.
normzone, Nov 07 2014


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