The government of the Republic of Tango recently made international headlines after arresting a three-year-old labradoodle for what they're claiming as defamation.
A video -- all 30 seconds of which has since been censored -- showed Luffy, the canine in question, wearing a costume that seemed to vaguely represent a top member of congress. Within hours of the video airing, the police had shown up at Luffy's home, where she along with her owners were arrested.
There was massive outrage all over the internet by citizens of Tango, citing that the video was just cute and funny. However, any and all posts hinting towards public outcry have since been swiftly deleted, with any individuals involved also being arrested.
A representative of the government had this to say about the incident.
"Look, if you see the video, it's quite clear the dog and her owner were trying to threaten the power of our state and provoke violence amongst the general public," he said.
He continued, "We have to remind people of how great we as a government are, and so we acted swiftly and deftly."
The police force of Tango, which has been criticised by many to be just the 'henchmen' of the state, and is also accused of racial profiling and ignoring some of the actual crimes going on in the country, have been under public and international scrutiny since the events surrounding Luffy began.
The police commissioner responded to us via an open letter, the contents of which were as follows:
"My men are good men. News media bad men. Period."
The Republic of Tango is a very small country, with a small number of inhabitants, most of whom are now behind bars due to a law that many experts are calling an "infringement on people's freedom".
The "Internet Act", as it is called, allows the Tango government to arrest any individual on the internet. There are no subclauses and this vague description has allowed public officials to arrest anyone they want. Man, woman, child, and even dogs.