==== Overview ====
Civil Rights: Excellent (69)
Economy: Good (50)
Political Freedoms: Very Good (64)
The Free Land of Gogan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Doctor Marcin with an even hand, and remarkable for its devotion to social welfare. Its compassionate population of 1.903 billion have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Education, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Defence receiving almost no funds by comparison. The average income tax rate is 62%, and even higher for the wealthy. A large private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.
The arms industry is strictly regulated, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Doctor Marcin's bedroom, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, and the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle. Crime is totally unknown. Gogan's national animal is the Goglodyte, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Gog.
Gogan is ranked 4,000th in The North Pacific and 98,532nd in the world for Most Extreme, scoring 9 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.
==== Issues ====
No changes in the overview (except the daily ranking line, population count and inherent randomness of statements), due to dismissing the issue last time.
Police Wanting Help With Their Inquiries (issue 299)
After delayed DNA evidence put a notorious rapist behind bars the police have demanded that it be mandatory for those accused of a crime to surrender blood and tissue samples to aid the elimination process.
1. "I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up sooner," says Chief Constable Natalia Smith. "If we have DNA samples of all the accused it will make solving crimes like rape and murder that much faster! Sure, some people will think it's a tad invasive, but in my experience if you're worried by something like giving up a few drops of the red stuff then you've probably got something to hide."
2. "This is a breach of privacy in every meaning of the word!" criminal defence attorney Chastity Thiesen exclaims. "Or three words, but this is an outrage! It's these peoples' bodies, not the government's nor the police's. If they want to give a DNA sample it should be THEIR decision! Now I'll admit there have been times when DNA sampling has helped solve a case or two but shouldn't we be upholding the inherent right of every man and woman to have their body remain unmolested unless they should so choose it? Undoubtedly! DNA sampling should only take place with the person's informed consent."
3. "What about the victims of these crimes?" asks DI Billy-Bob Longbottom, ever gruff and stalwart in the face of adversity. "Do they not have rights? Their right to privacy's been violated so it ought to be the responsibility of the criminal to give up his own. What I propose is the collection of DNA samples from every citizen in Gogan so we can track down the culprit if none of our suspects come up with anything. It'll be expensive, sure, there's 1.903 billion people to go through... but it's just a small blood sample. Don't you think it's worth it?"
==== Public announcement ====
Seems it's already time for the third cent-issue-ial (yes, I made that word up just now, I'm pretty sure) milestone giveaway. *low voice* What? "Sparta edition"? No way, I have no idea how to incorporate that into this, I'll just run the usual deal. MGT out.
Ahem! Starting next issue, each vote for ten issues (I know I did twenty last time, but thirty is just too much) grants you an entry for a random draw to win a GOG priced at $6 or less (including promos), with three winners total.