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by The Saorchonradh of The Free Munster League. . 26 reads.

Life under the League

Life under the League
The Irish Language Law
The Irish Language Law is one of the fundamental laws of the League. Quoting from the constitution of the League:

• "Irish is the National Language, and the League has the moral obligation and duty to further her development and prosperity. On the contrary, the League also has the obligation and duty to oppose the expansion and use of foreign and colonialist languages, especially Scots and English, but also others."

The League outlaws the use of non-Irish languages outside of the home, and strictly prohibits the teaching of English in schools without a license. Punishments for violating this rule are fiercely dished out by the Oifig um Shlándáil Chultúrtha, or Office of Cultural Security. This paramilitary organisation issues large fines of up to 5,000 punt, and up to 2 weeks jail time, for "gross violations of the Irish Language Law". However, the league does not prohibit use of English at home, claiming:

• "Citizens retain the right to speak whichever language they so choose at home, in designated places of learning, and in places of worship."

This has led to, among others, a massive rise in attendance of Mass, as, while the exception was intended for Latin alone, little has been done to clarify this, and the loophole remains. Exceptions are also alloted for foreign nationals and tourists:

• "Foreign nationals, provided that they are not actively spreading the use of foreign languages, may use their native tongue in communication between one another, but are recommended to use Irish for conversation with Munster citizens."

Money: Working and Housing
The Free Munster League is famous for its almost null tax rates. The government receives most of its revenue from the "Levy", a pseudo-tax paid to avoid conscription. The Levy is a charge of IE£500, to be paid on the first Monday of every month, except for December, when the Levy is not charged so that "conscripted citizens may return to their homes to be with their families for the celebration of Christmas". Failure to pay the Levy will result in conscription, effectively debt slavery to the government. The Levy is not applied to corporations, which has led to many Russian companies coming to Munster to make use of this. The remaining government revenue comes from the Purchasing of Vice Charge, placed on the sale of any "vice", such as alcohol and cigarettes.

In normal work life, hours tend to be short. Most citizens either are farmers, or are employed in the tertiary economy. There also exists a considerable number of Russian and Chinese workers residing in the League, with ties to foreign businesses. The government strictly regulates certain businesses, especially those which it judges as sinful, such as pubs and bars. Foreign businesses are regulated little, as most of the laws in effect only have an impact on domestic companies, allowing foreign businesses to operate with little to no regard for the law, besides a minimum wage of IE£10 per hour.

In terms of housing, the government intervenes little. Most houses are privately owned, while a large minority are placed under communal ownership by the state, usually those that were abandoned after the war, and treated as apartments. Landlords are banned, as is eviction. After the war, tenants were given ownership of the property they were leased, known as the Great Retaking.

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