The tiny island nation of Fortunata is dotted in the middle of
the Indian Ocean. It is made up of a dozen or more major islands, almost all
within sight of the main island plus a number of smaller islands, some as small
as a football field. The capital city, Heureuse is the administration, cultural
and commercial centre of the group.
Other islands include Perturbia, Impedia, Indisgresso, Caverna, Verdancia and Portia.
Their system of Government is small, but largely, the people are
Unlike the huge Western Governments, Fortunata residents don't
pay taxes -
well, not directly.
The island group has abundant natural
resources probably born of the
volcanoes that created it tens of thousands of years ago.
The employment rate is high, and the incentive to work hard is
huge, because every penny earned, is kept by the worker. Most workers opt for a
4 day week, working up to 9 hours per day. Meal breaks are usually taken on the
job and employers value the high quality of their workers. All workers receive
one month paid leave per year, plus numerous declared holidays. Sick leave is
paid for up to 20 days without a doctor’s certificate. With a doctor’s
certificate, the Government pays the workers’ wages indefinitely.
All businesses and households receive free water, natural gas &
electricity, as part of their natural right. Every business, household and
person has a free email address, telephone number and mail service. All insurance is
covered by the government, Education to Degree Level (at least) is free and all Health
Care is provided free except for
totally elective work such as cosmetic surgery etc.
People are encouraged to grow
their own food, use solar and wind power, bank their money and invest.
At age 60, people may retire on a full pension, although many
avail themselves of a plan to work from home and contribute their knowledge and
labor back to the community. The pension is equal to their last full year’s
income, adjusted annually to keep up with the cost of living.
There are many bicycles on the island. All bicycles are owned by
the government and distributed freely. No-one owns a bicycle, but they are
encouraged to use one whenever possible.
The Bicycle Factory exports
bicycles all over the world.
Of course some things are expensive in Fortunata.
Alcohol is part of the culture of Fortunata, but public
drunkenness earns you a week at Perturbia for a first offence. Habitual drinkers
are moved to Perturbia and if complaints continue they are then moved to
They may even be voted out of Impedia and after a hearing at Portia, they may be
sentenced to a term at Indisgresso.
The local cocoanut rum is exported worldwide, bearing the
familiar Island Girl logo.
Fortunata has a liberal approach to sexuality. Youth are
expected to experiment with ‘same age partners’ and there is no legal or social
distinction between same sex or opposite sex partners.
Marriage is common for graduates although many people remain in
semi-communal housing for some years after their degree. This housing is usually
privately held and rented, and is like an upscale version of the communal
dormitories available at the university.
The marriage ceremony is based on the traditional tribal
marriages and includes the couple to be immersed in water by an elder of the
island and to be brought back to dry land by those that approve of the union.
The marriage ceremony is seen as a social acceptance, and bears no legal or
While marriages are theoretically monogamous, open affairs are
more likely to occur than secret trysts. The nature of the people prefers
infidelity to deceit, so it is not uncommon for a short term third party to stay
at a couple’s home to ‘work through’ the infidelity. Divorce is rare, but as
there are few statistics on marriage, and an exact percentage of divorce is
unable to be given.
The government gives a gift package of a holiday at
which is often upgraded by the couple or their families.