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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The statistics of a changing Yurtyzstan

Under the Onward Yurtyzstan Plan, which was approved by the Yurtyzstani Republic Provisional Government this past September, the economy remains under tight government control until Independence Day 2013 to ensure stability. Printing and circulation of Yurtyzstani currency -- when it commences -- will be strictly limited, wage and price controls are in place and heavily enforced, and all businesses are currently nationalised. On 22 September 2013, all of this will go away in an instant and theYurtyzstani economic landscape will shift dramatically. This is what the change will look like on paper.

Before the July 2012 governmental collapse:
  • Roughly 71% of Yurtyzstanis held a seat on the Supreme People’s Assembly
  • 100% of Yurtyzstanis were employed by the government
  • All employment was related to politics
  • Roughly 29% of Yurtyzstanis held a high-level bureaucratic position
  • There were more than 2 state-run civilian institutions (ministries, enterprises, etc.) per citizen
  • 100% of Yurtyzstanis worked two jobs, roughly 86% worked three or more
  • 100% of Yurtyzstanis were enlisted in the military, as required by law
  • 1 Yurtyzstani okane was equivalent to 1.25 * 10-28 USD, with no right to exchange

After 22 September 2013 (end of Onward Yurtyzstan Plan):
  • Roughly 36% of Yurtyzstanis will hold a seat on the Supreme People’s Assembly
  • Roughly 18% of Yurtyzstanis will be employed by the government, most of them also legislators
  • Overall, less than half of Yurtyzstanis will work in politics
  • No Yurtyzstanis will hold bureaucratic positions aside from legislators
  • There will be only 2 state-run civilian institutions (National University of Yurtyzstan and Yurtyzstan National Transportation System)
  • Roughly 61% of Yurtyzstanis will work multiple jobs
  • Roughly 29% of Yurtyzstanis will be enlisted in the military
  • 1 Yurtyzstani keum will be equivalent to 0.0008 USD, backed by a foreign cash reserve

Clearly, we are entering uncharted territory economically, but I believe culturally as well. For the first time, Yurtyzstanis will be able to open businesses at will. Our currency will have real, macronational worth with the backing of a foreign cash pool. This will promote, in my opinion, a new sense of innovation and will cement the general sentiment of being a legitimate part of the macronational community. Of course, others disagree; the Yurtyzstani Workers' Party and socialist independents such as Yurt Myaung-hye have pushed to extend price controls and nationalisation indefinitely, and block the mandated US dollar reserve. I believe that this would be a dangerous move as it would serve to return us to the government-centric, over-bureaucratic stagnation that has plagued much of our existence to this point; however, it will be up to the Yurtyzstani people and their elected legislators to decide over the next year. Either way, 2013 will definitely be a monumental year as far as the Yurtyzstani way of life goes, and I am optimistic that there will be much improvement.

Yurt Kyong-yon