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Have you incorporated the COVID-19 pandemic into your nation

Postby Wiu » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:11 pm

And if so, are there any mask mandates, vaccine mandates or social distancing laws in place?. If there's anything else you'd like to discuss about your nation during the COVID-19 pandemic feel free to bring that up here as well.

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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:21 pm

The virus exists in TS canon, but it never made it to the country. Red China was already under embargo and TS, being doubly landlocked aside from her vassals and a port exclave that had been bombed, had full control over all points of entry. Fearing the worst before the worst came to be, TurtleShroom implemented strict border requirements and screenings months before the events of March occured. Anyone who went to a country where COVID was active was quarantined for three weeks- this quarantined millions of travelers at some point or another -and successfully stopped the country from getting it.

TurtleShroomers have long been pro-vaccine and almost all TurtleShroomers are vaccinated regardless of species, but any mandate to get one is met with intense and bitter backlash. Aside from the more conformist Oriental population (all of whom either fled dictatorships or survived a genocide in the northm or both), any mask mandates would be next to impossible to sell even among those who chose to wear masks.

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Postby Wejas » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:33 pm

It did happen, but at this point, it was so long ago that records of it have been mostly lost and is only known to a small circle of historians.

Honestly, as an OOC note, I feel like the majority of those who do are doing it in bad faith tbh. I feel like most people are using it to say "haha, china bad" or "my nation's medical system is so great!!1!"
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Postby Utquiagvik » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:37 pm

Luckily, most of the country is uninfected due to very cold winter temperatures not allowing the virus to thrive. We still keep mask mandates running just in case of a mutation, though.
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Postby Yania Byz » Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:34 pm

Yania Byz has the virus. We have mask and vaccine mandates, but we also have a large number of anti-vaxxers.

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Postby Xeroa » Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:42 pm

Xeroans have advanced far beyond these years and have not come close to even touching the virus. Canonically we're in the 2100s. We do have some plagues that are worse than covid.

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Postby Tinhampton » Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:06 pm

Tinhampton has recorded 7,998 coronavirus cases and 593 deaths as of 11th November 2011.

Mayor Saffron Howard and her cabinet never imposed a lockdown or mask mandate - supposedly to placate her colleagues from the Tinhamptonian Libertarian Party, who had consistently expressed opposition both to Ms Howard (and her fairly moderate brand of conservatism) and to coronavirus restrictions. Social distancing was strongly encouraged in most public settings but never formally required - and all internal coronavirus restrictions in Tinhampton were mysteriously lifted three days before the election in March 2021 anyway.
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Postby Olwe » Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:21 pm

No, because Olwe exists so far in the future COVID-19 has been cured. Like most diseases that no longer exist, it’s rarely mentioned.
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Postby Thermodolia » Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:23 pm

COVID-19 did affect Thermodolia. However do to Thermodolian experience with previous SARS outbreaks and other pandemics the government was able to minimize the damage.

The borders where closed in mid February and have still remained closed until the pandemic is declared over. For the rest of February a national shelter in place order was issued and those exhibiting signs of Covid where taken to quarantine centers. From the beginning of March until may a strict mask mandate was in effect.

All pandemic related preventions, with the exception of the closed border, where lifted in the middle of May after the government went two weeks without being able to find a single person with Covid in the nation.

As soon as the vaccines where ready, the government mandated that all citizens, Thermodolian Nationals, and all non-citizens living in Thermodolia must get the vaccine for face a felony conviction and still receive the vaccine as federal law requires all convicted persons to be fully vaccinated.

For the most part the vast majority of Thermodolians complied with the restrictions though there where a few groups who didn’t and attempted to refuse the vaccine but their protest got nowhere. In Thermodolia it is a felony to produce and to disseminate anti-vaccination propaganda, in addition there are no religious exceptions for vaccinations. As such all anti-vaccine movements where halted in their prime.

However there have been a few restrictions which have caused concern among the media, such as the homeless health program. Under the terms of the program the federal government rounded up all homeless persons and quarantined them all in an old military base. They where given a warm bed, three meals a day, healthcare and entertainment, and a private space. However they where forbidden from leaving the compound until the pandemic was under control/Thermodolia was fully vaccinated.

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Postby Hanvaria » Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:42 am

In early 2020, Hanvaria experienced a surge in cases, reaching over 12 million active cases in May 2020 alone. In June, Cole Albequois declared that all non-essential workers be put under indefinite quarantine, initiating the National Rations Program, distributing food and water to people in quarantine. By the time Pfizer's vaccine was announced, Hanvaria has began rolling out Pfizer for a vaccine. By February 2021, only around 800,000 people were infected and around 1,200 had died. Now, there are only around 1,000 cases.

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Postby Tangatarehua » Fri Nov 12, 2021 2:12 am

I'm undecided as to whether or not to, I've certainly thought about doing so.

For the record, in an alternative timeline where Covid is a thing the government would have responded by:

  • Immediately shutting the borders
  • Instigating a strict lockdown that lasted until there were no more community cases
  • Returning citizens to isolate in purpose-built facilities (namely former military bases, etc.)
  • Once vaccines were a thing, strict rules are introduced meaning that anyone who chooses not to be vaccinated will not be allowed access to the public health system - they'll have to pay for their own ventilators, etc.
  • Mask use is mandated based on the risk of Covid in the community - if there are cases, or a lockdown, it becomes compulsory, otherwise not needed.
  • Spreading Covid misinformation would also carry a fine

Basically it would be similar to real life New Zealand's response, but slightly stricter - especially on non-vaccinated people.

The initial outbreak would have seen a few thousand cases and a few hundred deaths, but following lockdown cases would be mostly near zero and outbreaks would be concentrated to large cities, especially Tamaki.
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Postby Radiatia » Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:46 am

I haven't included Covid in Radiatia's canon but annoyingly I had planned a plot before the pandemic which bore remarkable similarity to real life (and is one of many examples of me predicting real world events via Nationstates).

My original plot was that a deadly virus would emerge in the Radiatian state of Diifgrao as a result of extremely bad hygiene practices at a local Greasy Joe's restaurant which would then spread across Radiatia and the region, killing a huge number of people.

The result would initially be the quarantine of the state of Diifgrao, but it would soon spread to Radiatia's largest city of Exegrad and wreak havoc until a vaccine could be found.

In regards to both this fictional virus and Covid, Radiatia's response would be to lockdown affected areas strictly and do all the usual things - masks, vaccines, etc.

However, anti-lockdown protestors and conspiracy nuts would, unlike certain real world countries, find themselves under arrest for gross public inefficiency and anti-vaxxers would find themselves interred in mass graves without any access to healthcare as they'd be in breach of the constitutional bill of responsibilities.

Basically, Radiatians may be stupid, but they're not insane - lockdown and vaccinate until it goes away.

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Postby Destyntine » Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:32 am

The Covid epidemic is canon, although it happened 223 years in the past and during the time of a much more dangerous, and widespread disease known as the Great European Plague of 2016, which lasted until the year 2051. Covid barely had any impact due to the measures already taken by the world to combat this even deadlier plague.
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Postby The Jamesian Republic » Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:38 am

Yes it is canon however it had the same impact as the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s as what happened in reality. Coronavirus didn’t cause a shut down of everything and for the most part life was normal. In The Jamesian Republic at least there was about 1,000 cases. However for those who did get the virus some died and some had a really hard time combatting it. So a vaccine was made and people got vaccinated.
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Postby United Ballguard » Fri Nov 12, 2021 10:29 am

In a coronavirus pandemic, due to humans only consisting around 44% of the population Ballguard would be perfectly able to deal with the spread without passing lockdowns are social distancing laws, masks are not even required, mandates even being declared illegal by several regions. Humans within Ballguard have the freedom to choose whenever to be vaccinated or accept herd immunity.
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Postby -Azteca Mexico » Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:46 am

Yes and it is has been for the most part eradicated as the majority of the population is vaccinated.
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Postby Bigpipstan » Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:32 pm

no, why would you?
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Postby Stellar Colonies » Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:40 pm

I currently treat mine as a continuation of the present, so ostensibly it'd be part of history, although the pandemic and developing events of climate change have recently made me consider the idea of pegging a divergence point and sticking to it instead of merely moving the goalposts further into the future.
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Postby Laka Strolistandiler » Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:49 pm

COVID-19 pandemic is canon in Laka, however they way the country had addressed it is truly unique. To beg8n with, instead of spending money and place to tend to older people suffering from the disease, they were often outright ordered to commit seppuku because giving them life support was not viewed as a sustainable solution, especially given their extremely limited use in terms of military and economical power. A Type-7 (biological hazard) state civilian defense security order was initiated, however, instead of lockdowns, they brought something much worse- state-supplied civilian CRBN suits which soon became mandatory to wear. Almost at the start of the global pandemic, Lakan own vaccine has started to be developed, however, with it being tested on humans (again because human life here is viewed as expendable as long as it’s honorable, sacrificial and economically sustainable) the development of it was somewhat faster with the rest of the world, ending just a bit too after Russian Sputnik-V. Of course vaccination was declared mandatory, with those who rejected forced to commit Honorable Death. Of course side effects were know, however because of the damage from early vaccination being less than from further employing restrictive methods, forced vaccination it was. As of late 2021, most of COVID cases in Laka come from foreigners, awaiting to return home, with nearly all of those infected at home being used as test subjects to further improve the vaccine or ordered to honorable death in case of them belonging to an age group for which vaccines are ineffective.
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Postby Republica Federal de Catalunya » Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:35 pm

Yes, as it was a RL Nation. Lockdown, pumping money on the economy, social distancing, facemask, hand wash and vaccines including one indigenous one.

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Postby B o r o v a n » Fri Nov 12, 2021 5:11 pm

Yes. Covid 19 exists. We manage to procure vaccines. As of now, almost 20% of population are infected with Covid at a 4.5% positivity rate but there are few deaths and hospitalizations. Vaccinations are optional but some states require them. 85% of the population have been vaccinated either with a booster or two doses either through effective messaging or vaccination mandates. There are no mask mandates. To prevent the elderly dying, the old are mandated to wear masks and stay at home, isolated from others until vaccines are widely available. If anyone tries wearing a mask, they are looked down upon because they look stupid when vaccinations are already available and effective against Covid 19. Counties and states can't impose a mask mandate also as the government bans the local government from imposing mask mandates. No businesses are prohibited from opening. Everyone is allowed to play sports and universities are open. No one is shamed or coerced to stay home so they are forced into social isolation from friends.
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Postby Auzkhia » Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:20 pm

No, this diseases does not exist in our universe, however, we do sometimes place universes under lockdown if they are known to have pandemics that could infect our inhabitants, because no creature wants a multiversal pandemic! Though it is not fully known if any human disease could infect us, some can some do not

However, in times when we had pandemics, we have contingency plans to mitigate and contain any epidemics and pandemics. Quarantines, lockdowns, and finding treatments and vaccines to keep cases down and from hospitals getting overwhelmed. Hospitals already have face masks, for staff and sick patients of respiratory disease.

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Postby Evilston » Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:44 pm

Evilton is a tyrannical dictatorship, so I implemented a nationwide mask mandate for anyone leaving their house on March 19, 2020; no exceptions. All people who did not get the vaccine when it came out in early 2021 were arrested and sentenced to death since this nation is evil. Despite the vaccine being mandated nationwide and everyone getting it, the mask mandate is still in place and probably will be forever to combat the spread of other diseases such as the flu. There are people who think this is too harsh but they seem to mysteriously disappear......

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Postby Norse Inuit Union » Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:25 am

Yes, we don't have vaccine or mask mandates but most of the population is vaccinated.
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Postby Grand Ishtar » Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:17 am

2020 is centuries ago. The current year is 2395 and the Covid is remembered as a major "winter sickness" that would ravage the world yearly until it was eradicated alongside most other microbial diseases by nanomechanical medicine. It was still in existence when the first colonists settled on the wild surface of the New Venus in the middle XXII century, and periodically appeared in outbreaks until nanohealth arrived during the late imperial period. During the civil war that plagued the First Republic it again devastated the Baba Yaga region and during the National Salvation period it was used against people by the Yand Regime by withholding access to medicine. During the Rhean War, it decimated the entire population and especially the capitalist invaders, with as many as a million people in total dying of winter sicknesses including Covid during the Seventeen Years. When the war ended and the Communist Party founded the People's Republic, the disease was rapidly eliminated along with its like when nanohealth was made universally available.
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