ISLA REPÚBLICA DE MACTÓ



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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
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Mactó is located in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of the Fiji Islands. "Isla de Mactó" refers to the geographic island and the "Isla República de Mactó" refers to the political state.














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MYTH
CREATION MYTH
Before any creation there was an earth full of water. Luvienus was not happy with the way the world looked and wanted more variety, beauty. He decided he would create a better place and immediately it began to rain. It did not just rain, it poured and was windier than anyone could imagine. A deep thunder crashed so loud, a human would be deaf from the sound. Then came the lightning. This lightning was so magnificent and powerful that when it touched the water on earth it was carried all the way to the core of the earth, creating the roots to our Island. When the lightning finally died down, the results from the messy storm were unimaginable. There were several products of the angry storm, the first being a rainbow, a symbol of peace. All types of geography came into existence all across the world, one being Isla De Mactó, a gorgeous piece of land connected to the earth by roots at the most extreme depths of the sea. To this day, Isla Republica De Mactó has a special place for lightning. Without it, the island would not exist. Luvienus uses storms to this day to keep things in order. Luvienus will send storms as a warning when things are not going his way. When he is pleased, he will send lightning with the storms as a symbol of contentment.
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Once Luvienus created Isla De Mactó from the extreme lightning storms, he found that he was still lonely and the land did not give him the companionship he had hoped it would. He was disappointed and lonely and longed for company. It was then when he came up with the idea to create life. This idea of creating life seems like it would be a much greater challenge than when Luvienus created land, but being the powerful and mighty God he is, it was no challenge at all. He began by drawing a sketch of all living creatures on a mountain side using dirt, branches and a lot of imagination. Once he finished his sketch of all the living creatures he went into a very deep meditation and did not return from it for a whole day. In the last minutes of meditation, he opened his eyes, took a very deep breath, and upon exhaling he breathed life into of all of the creatures sketched on the mountain side into existence and they appeared on Isla De Mactó.


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CORE VALUES
Family- Put family first, love each other, within families each person has responsibilities to uphold.

Honesty- Do not lie, do not cheat, do not steal.

Respect- Be mindful of others feelings, views, situations, and property.

Education- Teach the individual so that they may have all tools to help others and lead.

Nature- Take great pride in our beautiful country and ask everyone to take part in preservation through common courtesy.

The Golden Rule- Be kind to everyone as you would like them to be kind to you! Do not treat anyone or anything in a degrading or unfair manor.

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
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- Traditionally a Lahytism religion
- Open to all religions
- Allows of self-created religions
- Regular prayer
- Meditation

When it comes to religion, the majority of Mactóens follow a belief in Lahytism. Although Mactóens highly encourage the attendance of their community, they do not force religion upon others, so attendance is not mandatory. Due to the Lords creation method, every fourth Saturday f the month will be deemed a sacred day. It is on this day that Mactóens worship their Lord and meditate throughout the day, such as he did for us. When Mactó receives storms, they must give prayer and repentance to Luvienus, for we have been acting up as a community. However, on days where those stroms also receive lightning, they will perform a sacred and detailed rain dance. It is through this dance that they give praise and respect to their Lord, as well as recognize themselves for behaving properly.

People in Mactóen society who have different religious beliefs are accepted. If certain members feel the need to believe in something else, or create a religion of their own, Mactóens will allow it. However, it must be done with the understanding that they must not try and negatively influence others, harm others, or injure animals, no matter how the religion is practiced. Mactóens support and encourage any decision to practice a different belief.

SEX AND MARRIAGE

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Marriage and sexual activity in our society is an important topic. Marriage is a sacred practice, and therefore is unable to occur prior to the age of 18. Marriage is the ultimate bond, and although typically it occurs between a man and woman, Mactóens accept people for who they are and allow same-sex marriage. Marriage is seen as the most divine expression of one's love for another person, and occurs because two people feel as if they to share the rest of their lives together. Therefore, it is common practice within the community to date your significant other for approximately three years before considering marriage, although not necessary. In the case of a failed marriage, divorce is allowed, but very difficult to obtain and all assets are split evenly, except in cases of abuse. Socially, Mactóens do not like the idea of divorce because those who become married agree upon their unending love for one another and the promise to always care for one another, so they must uphold their vows. If a spouse becomes deceased, then another marriage is allowed for the widow or widower.

Sexual education is taught primarily by the child's guardian. The biology of it is taught at school, and the morality of it is taught at home. It is not a perfect separation, but the majority of Mactóens are content with it. It is deemed necessary to explain the idea of sexual activity in a fabricated story-like fashion, such as the story of the stork, when the child is of young age, in order to try and preserve their innocence. (12 years and younger) Once the child reaches the age of puberty and sexual curiosity, it is up to the parents to teach why one has sex, and with whom. When in school, children will take a course over sex, which teaches the anatomy of the male/female, benefits from the use of contraception, and topic of conception. Although it is hard to control the sexual activities of youth, guardians should try and enforce the idea of abstinence until marriage. Premarital sex, when of the age 18 or older, is looked down upon, although is not punishable.


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FAMILY
Family comes first in our society. Everyone sticks together and looks out for the well being of others. Whether it's the baby of the family, or all the way up to grandparents, everyone is taken care of. Love, honesty, and selflessness are some traits that keep the families here on Isla de Mactó so closely bonded. Also, communication is key. Whenever a conflict arises it is not settled by arguing. Rather, it is encouraged that the two parties discuss the issue at hand and listens to the other's viewpoint with an open mind. Because family is so important, compromise is crucial for healthy relationships. It is not uncommon that most activities are done as a family, and that families live close to each other within their communities.

When it comes to the idea of premarital conception, the new parents will not necessarily be forced to become a couple, but the idea will be strongly encouraged. If the couple is against the idea, the option to give the child up for adoption is allowed. Mactóens feel that having a stable family, with two parents, is a better environment for a growing child. In general, abortion is viewed as immoral and will not be allowed, but in the extreme cases of rape and risk to the mother it may be performed.



COMMUNITY

In the community, everyone is treated as family. Mactó strives to keep a strong bond with everyone in the community and help anyone who is in need.

In the neighborhoods of Mactó, there are no fences that separate one household form one another, because it is considered unnecessary. Although everyone does have their own house, the land is there for everyone’s use. With the absence of fences, the knowing of one’s neighbor is practiced more that in enclosed neighborhoods.

A common courtesy that is to be expected of everyone is to try and say hello, (whether by the use of words or a hand gesture) when a person is walking by. By doing so, the meeting of new people and the making of new relationships can arise.

bbq.jpg On the first Saturday of every month there is a community BBQ that is held in all of the districts of Mactó. In order for all the people to be able to attend, there is no work, except for the hospitals, fire stations, police departments and the super markets are open till noon.

The people of Mactó all get together and enjoy good food that different people contribute. There is music and games for all the different age groups. At the end of the BBQ all the people of Mactó work together to clean up the park.

When it comes to the roles of the woman and men in the community, both genders are viewed as equals. Both the roles of breadwinner and caregiver are considered respectable. One gender is not seen, or treated as superior to the other.
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One way the communities of Mactó strive to preserve their green Island is by preferring the use of bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates, or even walking as their mode of transportation. Separate paved sidewalks are available for walking and bike use and are located throughout the island. With the use of these types of transportations, the Isla República De Mactó has few fuel emissions in the air. Another reason that the use of bikes and walking is preferred is because it promotes exercise and a heather life style. Mactóens pride themselves as healthy citizens who will live long and happy lives.

Another way Mactóens try to help the environment, and use what the island has provided, is by equipping all houses with solar panels. By doing so, power is more localized and less industrial.

RECREATION
Whether one is a tourist or a resident of Mactó, there are an endless amount of activities to do on the island. Living so close to the water makes it a great territory for surfing, which many residents like to do on a daily basis. Many locals own surf shops, whether a Mactóen wants to fix their board up or if a visitor needs to get basic supplies for a surf and find out where the best waves can be found. For a more relaxing experience, sailing is a common activity as well. This is a popular choice because it’s a simple way to enjoy the scenery Isla de Mactó has to offer. Tourists can rent a boat for the day or there are group sailing trips available. For a majestic experience, there are scuba diving classes, and for those more advanced there are deep sea diving trips in designated areas. When it’s time to get out the water, Macto has a great boardwalk filled with games, arcades, great food (like our famous Mactóen fish and chips) and rides ranging from the exhilarating to downright fun. Mactóens like to stay active, so throughout the island there are many parks. The Mactó Play Place is where children go to enjoy swings, slides and jungle gyms. Within the park is an eco-conscious ventilated pavilion where parents can relax and watch their children. Healthy snacks and beverages are provided inside the pavilion. Also within these parks are scenic walking and hiking trails if anyone is in the mood to break a sweat. Do not forget a favorite among the Mactóens: after barbecue Saturday, there will be a movie in the park every other week for the entire community to enjoy.

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GOVERNMENT
The government of Mactó is established with the idea of strong limited control. Self sufficiency and self education is prevalent in the culture of Mactó and this carries on to how policies are created in the government. Mactóens believe that it is important to educate the individual so that that same individual can play an important part in the big picture. Politics and elections are influenced not only by a person’s record but also the content of their character. Quality over quantity. There are four levels of governing bodies; the national level, district level, regional level, and local level.
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NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
The government of Mactó is a strong national republic government with limited power. A simple way to describe it is in the playground of the island, the districts are the children, who make up the games, the rules, and play with each other whereas the national government is the parents, making sure that everyone is playing fair. The national government has authority over national defense, international relations, district disputes, some control over natural resources, natural park areas, taxation, and some say in education. The national government of Mactó is operated with three branches, The Federal Chief Office, The Legal Judicial Board, and The National District Council. Each branch has its own power and purpose with some control over the other.

The Federal Chief Office is made up of three members who are chosen by the National District Council by a four-fifths vote and only one member from each district may serve on the council. When an opening is made by the appointment of a council member to the Federal Chief Office, the district government appoints another council member in their place. The main job of the Federal Chief Office is to approve and disapprove proposals by the National District Council. They only have to power of “yes” and “no” but cannot actually create legislation.

The National District Council is heart of the legislative process in the national government. Elections are held every five years. The council is made up of one presiding member of that district’s district government body. They sit on the national government and their district governments at the same time during the cycle. The presiding member is chosen by the district government but when they are chosen, he then has limited power at the district level because of the addition of national influence.

The Legal Judicial Board is made up of five judges well versed in the law. Each judge must have practiced law at least on the local level to be eligible to be on the board. Two members are picked by the National District Council and two are picked by the Federal Chief Office. The last judge is chose in by the total population in a vote. The Legal Judicial Board has the power to declare the legality of any legislation and is the highest standing court in the appeals process.
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DISTRICT, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Distinct governments are run by varying similar layouts of the national government at their own level. Members of the district’s local council are elected directly into their offices. District governments have powers to police, education, levy taxes, and any other laws that are not specifically prescribed to the national government. The philosophy is that smaller agencies are better able to manage business and finances of the district than the national government could.

Districts must use the national currency and respect the sovereignty of the other districts. Any disputes about laws are handled with the national government. Police have jurisdiction over the entire island but they are only funded at the district level. If a police officer is out of district, he may only enforce the laws of that district. Taxes raised in each district are used to fund the district government, emergency services, education, utilities, and some social programs.

Regional governments are just managerial bureaucracy for the districts. Local governments are only present in large cities and are elected by people who live in the city limits

LAW
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Law and order is handled primarily at the district level but certain large cities have police forces of their own. Police forces are generally armed. Citizens are also allowed to own and carry firearms but they must pass a thorough background check and obtain a license to own and carry by taking part in national mandated/district run class and range course. During their training they must prove to be as proficient with their firearm as a police academy graduates and re-certify every year.

Obtaining a driver’s license requires more class and driving time and is generally more difficult because the education is more in depth. As a pay off, Mactó has a very low accident rate. Police are more lenient with tickets because most traffic laws have a three strike policy, unless the offense is unnecessarily reckless. After the three strikes, however, serious punishments follow. Mactó law will suspend the license following any third strike moving violation and require to the offender to attend defensive driving class. Any repeat offenses include the same punishment with longer suspensions and the addition of community service. In Mactó driving is a privilege, not a right.

The court system has four levels; local, regional, district, and The Legal Judicial Board. All four levels hear civil cases but criminal cases only go up to the district level. Fraudulent cases are both a social taboo and legally prohibited. There is no death penalty in Mactó.

Prisons are run by both regions and the districts. All prisoners strongly encouraged to exercise regularly and take part in furthering their own education. Giving them a routine and a goal will hopefully give them some direction in life. By taking part in education and counseling, prisoners are able to cut time off their sentence, however if the convict repeats an offense, he will have to do time for the new crime plus half of his old sentence. The goal of the prison is to try and reform the prisoner, but the courts to not make it as easy on repeat offenders. Criminal activity is viewed as a result of poor education and bad surroundings, but these are not an excuse to do break the law. Mactó has struggled to try and help the criminal mend their ways but not create an environment in which they are let off easy.

EDUCATION
Education is seen as a core value in our culture. Free public education provides school for grades K-12 and it is made sure that all teachers are hard-working, dedicated, compassionate, and always want the best for students. Attending college is not mandatory but highly encouraged. To ease the costs of paying for college, any textbooks used in class will be available online for free so students do not have to pay for their books. This will be funded through the government. The government highly promotes that any parents that have children who plan on going to college should start a college fund (there are different programs available based on a percentage of the family's salary) very early on.

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Mactó has a large system of district and regional run public schools and universities. K-12 education is mandatory and the curriculum is a hybrid mix of the American and British system. While schools receive some funding from the government to maintain buildings the student funding is attached to the student’s themselves. This way families are able to pick and choose which schools they would like to send their kids to and then the school receives the funding directly from the government based on how many students they have attending.

Standardized tests are present in the system. The national government has certain standards that are required for all the schools but it is up to the schools themselves on how to fit it into the curriculum and teach the material. This is called the Transcendent Mactóen Subject Requirement or “TMSR.” Schools are supervised by the districts and the administration is left at the regional level. Each school must have a school uniform but it is up to the school how strict or relaxed the outfit may be. Some have suits and ties and others are fine with polo shirts and matching colors. The standard language is Spanglish and because of the influence of English the accents are slowly being phased out of the language.

Private schools are also available and have to adhere to the same TMSR standards but also have the freedom to include their own standards and alter some of the regional requirements. They do not receive tax money to maintain their premises and only a partial amount of student attached funds, so they make up for this by charging tuition. Student funding that is not spent because the school only gets a partial amount of the money is held until that child graduates and is put toward the cost of that child’s university education.

ECONOMY
The currency of Mactó is the Mula, represented by the symbol Mula.png, and is worth about $0.83. The Mactó economy is progressive capitalist system. Mactóens believe in private property and the right to keep what you make while the social culture strongly encourages charity and helpful spending. The tax system is calculated by a steady curved rate, starting off at low percentage for the less wealthy and a generally rising rate with increased wealth. There is a national sales tax as well as district taxes. Prices of goods in stores are generally calculated so that the final cost is a nice round number, and that in turn makes purchasing things simpler.

Mactó’s major trading partners include the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, and China, and Thailand. Fishing, agriculture, and oil are some of the major exports and manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products, food, and chemicals are major imports.

Mactóens believe very strongly in living within their own means. They are therefore not a world economic power but still survive very well on their own. Tax revenue is made off sales taxes, property taxes, import and export taxes, and income taxes. The primary source of tax revenue comes from sales tax.

NATURE
  • Respect the environment
    • There are designated walking paths that are all over Mactó to prevent people from walking on the grass. Mactó is a very green island and we want to prevent the grass dying. There are public parks were residents are allowed to have picnics, take their kids to play and walk their dogs.
      • As for the dog parks go, there are stations were plastic bags and trash cans are provided. It is expected that owners will clean up after their dogs. No one wants to step in dog doo.
  • Mandatory Recycling
    • There are recycling bins located all around Mactó.littering.jpg
      • There are also recycling bins that are given to all the households and businesses.
  • Smoking is legal, but is only allowed in certain designated areas.Smoke can pollute the air and also cause second hand smoking to individuals who have no desire to smell the odor.
    • Cigarette filters are to be thrown in the trash and not on the ground.
  • No littering
    • Litter is illegal and has a maximum fine of $500. The Island of Mactó is a home to many, therefore it should not used as a public trash can.
  • Don't harm animals
    • Animals should be respected.
    • Animal abuse is strictly prohibited.
    • If any form of animal abuse is suspected, the animal will most likely be taken away from their owner and the owner could be fined.
    • Animals that are seen out in the wild should be left alone. Mactó was their home before it was ours, and that should be respected.

AGRICULTURE
There are two agricultural farms that are located on the northeast side of Shanolia, and on the southeast side of Sandoval. Both these farms raise cattle, chickens, and crops which include corn, carrots and tomatoes. The animals that are raised in these farms are all feed organic food, and all the crops are pesticide free. The main purpose of these two farms is to allow Mactónen’s to have a food source that has no unnecessary additives.
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NATURAL RESOURCES
  • Isla De Mactó has an abundant numbers of resources which includecollage.png
  • Timber
  • Oil
  • Copper
  • Fruits
    • Passion Fruit
    • Guava
    • Coconuts
    • Bananas
  • Fish
    • Mahi Mahi
    • Mactóen Fish (only resides near Isla De Mactó)
    • and more...
Isla De Mactó uses the natural resources that it has to trade with the neighboring countries for supplies it might need. Although Isla De Mactó has two large agricultural farms for raising cattle, chicken, and growing crops, it still trades with the neighboring countries of Fiji, and New Zealand.



ECONOMY
The currency of Mactó is the Mula, represented by the symbol “M,” and is worth about $0.83. The Mactó economy is progressive capitalist system. Mactóens believe in private property and the right to keep what you make. The tax system is calculated by a curved percentage, starting off at low percentage for the less wealthy and a generally rising rate with increased wealth. There is a national sales tax as well as district taxes. Prices of goods in stores are generally calculated so that the final cost is a nice round number.
Mactó’s major trading partners include the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, and China, and Thailand. Fishing, agriculture, and oil are some of the major exports and imports include manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products, food, and chemicals.
Mactóens believe very strongly in living within their own means and are therefore not a world economic power but still survive very well on their own. Tax revenue is made off sales taxes, property tax, import and export taxes, and income taxes. The primary source of tax revenue comes from sales tax.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
- Traditionally a Lahytism religion
- Open to all religions
- Allows of self-created religions
- Weekly prayer
- Meditation

When it comes to religion, the majority of Mactóens follow a belief in Lahytism. Every Sunday hold an open service to whomever feels the need to be one with their Lord, needs guidance in their time of need, or any reason at all. Although Mactóens highly encourage the attendance of their community, they do not force religion upon others, so attendance is not mandatory.

People in Mactóen society who have different religious beliefs are accepted. If certain members feel the need to believe in something else, or create a religion of their own, Mactóens will allow it. However, it must be done with the understanding that they must not try and negatively influence others, harm others, or injure animals, no matter how the religion is practiced. Mactóens support and encourage any decision to practice a different belief.

Family comes first in our society. Everyone sticks together and looks out for the well being of others. Whether it's the baby of the family, or all the way up to grandparents, everyone is taken care of. Love, honesty, and selflessness are some traits that keep the families here on Isle de Mactó so closely bonded. Also, communication is key. Whenever a conflict arises it is not settled by arguing. Rather, it is encouraged that the two parties discuss the issue at hand and listens to the other's viewpoint with an open mind. Because family is so important, compromise is crucial for healthy relationships. It is not uncommon that most activities are done as a family, and that families live close to each other within their communities.

When it comes to the idea of premarital conception, the new parents will not necessarily be forced to become a couple, but the idea will be strongly encouraged. If the couple is against the idea, the option to give the child up for adoption is allowed. Mactóens feel that having a stable family, with two parents, is a better environment for a growing child. In general, abortion is viewed as immoral and will not be allowed, but in the extreme cases of rape and risk to the mother it may be performed.