The year is 2081, and... oh, what can I say? Dystopian stories have been done to death.
I have a much more practical problem, though. I need to... gasp... pay my taxes.
I owe five different taxes: 1000 credits, 2250 credits, 2750 credits, 4000 credits, and 5000 credits.
What's a credit? Well, it's equivalent to a cubic millimeter of gold, so a cubic centimeter is 1000 credits.
I currently have a 5 centimeter by 3 centimeter by 1 centimeter bar of gold that I've dedicated to paying my taxes. It's worth exactly 15000 credits, and the total value of my taxes is also 15000 credits, so I should be fine.
However, I need to cut the bar into five parts so that each part is worth an amount equal to one of my taxes.
I bought one session at a laser cutter that can cut through and divide the gold, within the following rules:
The laser cutter has a maximum height of 1 cm. (So, I have to put it so that the 5 cm by 3 cm is facing upwards.)
I have three straight cuts, that all happen at the same time. I can't cut it heightwise, only the 5 cm by 3 cm area. I can't rearrange the gold bar in between the cuts.
Cuts must go completely through the cut surface. There is no starting point or ending point requirement.