A small group of superheroines stood together in a room, waiting.
"One of the two doors opened, and in stepped a young black woman. She was of average hright, thin, almost tomboyish, had soft long hair so dark it was almost blue. She wore a long purple cloak, a tunic of the same color and loose gray leggings tucked into tall boots.
"She glanced around with a smile. “Hello,” she says, “and welcome to New Lesbos. I’m Raven. Some of you may know me as the guardian of Gotham City.
"“You’re here because you have come to help the people of New Lesbos
"“The gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands was founded by homosexual Australians in responce to government measures that they objected to: It did fairly well, as micronations go; it has grown a fair deal, and has gained some recognition.
"“But trouble happened, as often does in new countries; trouble between men and women, in this case. Not really bad trouble, nothing that couldn’tt be worked out by reasonable people, but the radicals of both parties departed from the Kingdom, determined each to found their own countries.
"“The island now called New Lesbos was formed by geological action somewhere in the Pacific; it was discovered by a supporter of the lesbian splinter group from the GLKCSI, and she claimed it for them. In short order, a number of people from the Lesbian group landed there and built a town, declaring the formation of their own country, ‘The Republic of New Lesbos’
"Still, all is not well in new Lesbos:
"New Lesbos is a narrow and rocky island; it is formed like a rough crescent, rising steadily from rocky beaches at the southwest point to a narrow plateau in the northeast that rises in steep cliffs from the seas below. The island is small and crowded, and lacking in natural resources: all food and most water must be brough to the island by ship(though new desalinization plants are being built that will reduce this somewhat).
"But the real source of problems on the island is that it is a new country, still being built: people are still figuring out how it should work, and many supervillainesses have come here, hoping to take advantage of this, to take over the country while it’s still forming.
"Oh, yes: only cillainesses: a subject of both domestic and international politics is a law, forbidding the entry of any man to the island; it is a sticking point toward gaining recognition, and there is a liberal party on the island advocating its removal. But for the moment at least, only heroines and villainesses are here.
"Oh, another point: There is a small, but growing movement on the island toward going topless, or even completely nude; in these tropical climes, there isn’t much need for much clothing. Not such a big deal, but fair warning.
"New Lesbos is governed by a Senate of 99 women, one-third of whom are elected every year; no woman holds any more power than any other; the only power anyone has is by persuasion(this is very like Democracy as it was practiced in ancient Greece by the way). But in an emergency, the Senate may elect a DIctator, who will hold ultimate authority for the duration of an emergency.
"This, however, has only been done twice times in the history of New Lesbos; the first time was when the island was devestated by a Tsunami; the second when the Rainbow Lark, the republic’s flagship, crashed and sank.
"The Republic has a coast guard, whose duty is to safeguard the Republic and its citizens; the coast guard maintains an air wing, including a flight of helicopters, and a small ground component; although the coast guard if mostly apolitical, there are some people who try to use the coast guard in the ongoing political struggle of building the nation.
CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
"This is why we’re here: the island is poor and very crowded, and the country is very new: not everyone even agrees on what the laws are, so dealing with people who brea kthem can be very difficult, indeed. Still, that’s a problem that lots of countries have dealt with; we certainly wouldn’t be needed if it weren’t that women make great supervillains, and a lot of them have come here, hoping to take over.
"That’s why we’re here; to stop them. In the meantime, while we’re doing that, there are plenty of more ordinary criminals to keep us busy.
"The police of New Lesbos are like everything else here: they’re making it up as they go along. Really, it’s the only way to make a country without ending up like the Soviet Union, but it does mean there is still a lot of confusion about what powers and duties they have, which complicates their job no end.
"For the most part they are honest women, doing the best they can, but there are a few who. . . are not.
"New Lesbos is terribly short of natural resources, which means the economy the island can support is limited; there is some fishing, some manufacturing, and enough solar and wind generating to supply all the electricity that is needed.
"Tourism is growing, but slowly; the law against men entering the island severely limits the tourism that is possible, and that is one of the reasons that people are pressing for its repeal.
"A small but growing part of the populace is involved in pornography; while many people don’t like it, it is a fairly important source of revenue for the country.
"Being an island nation, shipping is very important to New Lesbos; there are three indigenous shipping companies that control 22 ships; these not only link New Lesbos with the outside world, they also carry cargo between other nations, which is an important source of revenue for the poor country.
"There are no cars or buses on New Lesbos, not only because of the poverty of the nation, but also because of the natural slope of the island makes the operation of such vehiclesprohibitively expensive in terms of fuel. Instead, there is a fairly well-developed system of electric trolley cars, similar to those in San Francisco.
"Most transport on the island is by hand-pulled carts. The ‘ponygirls’ as the operators are called, began as a fringe movement, but rapidly came to prominence and today form an important part of island society. Some ponygirls are independent operators, while others have formed unions, or are employed by private companies; ponygirls may offer generlized service or specialize in hauling freight or passengers.
"Most ponygirls operate single-pony carts, but for larger vehicles two or more ponies are needed, and often a driver to co-ordinate the pulling.
"That’s the quick intro. Are there any questions? If not, than good luck, go out and do good!”