The year is 2236.... The USSR won the cold war. They assassinated Reagan, nuked DC and New York. The government since fell, but the multiple re-incarnations of those same ideals blended with leftists in the USA have way to a one world government, blended communism/democracy.
The head of the one world government is Nikoli Peterson. He telecasts his meetings with the elected officials. However, they are just hired actors. There is no real democracy, just the appearance of it.
The people are "taken care of", sort of. They get ok food, assigned housing, assigned jobs, assigned spouses. If they attempt any real independent thinking they are dealt with.
It is against the law to think for yourself, Post anything the government is against, or have your own thoughts.
The only country not ruled by this government is the land of Australia. Freedom thinkers all emigrated there during the purge. It's impossible for any force to make it through their defenses.
Periodically, a Freeman infiltrates the Mainland. Not for resources, as Freeland has a surplus while Mainland has shortages... But for reconisance. Mainlanders are incapable of infiltration into Freeland Because they cannot duplicate FreeSpeak. They've been programmed to be unable to think.
They first tried to train people, but anyone who can think becomes a Freelander. No thinking person can stay socialist. So they gave up, and locked down.
There is virtually no crime, due to the small but lethal government. There is only, ever, one national law. "Cause no harm to person or property, and do as you please." Thanks to the lack of any FDA, USDA, or any other government interference, food and stuff is plentiful.
Abortion is illegal, as it causes harm to person. But the free market ensures cheap and easily accessible prevention to anyone that wants it.
There are only three punishments available. Death, long term service, short term service. All inmates must produce their own food and clothing. Nothing is provided for them.
What about corporate greed? There are very few large companies. Innovation is so fast that smaller companies make the most money. But the CEO is directly responsible for any cooperate action. Punishments always equal the crime. If any CEO allows a product into the market that causes harm or death, that CEO ends up in one of two places. If they knew, death. If they didn't know, a minimum of 20 years internment.
There is no parole policy. Anyone escaping prison starts over from day one, plus five.
Very few CEO's would risk anything to let harm come to a customer. They bend over backwards, at their cost, to ensure products are safe.
Only Alexi Washington, the Prime Minister's nephew, can make things right...