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The Disputed Territories of Academy of Umbrellas

“I think we're alone now...”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific


Academy of Umbrellas

Population785 million

CapitalUmbrella Academy

AnimalLuther-Back gorilla

The Disputed Territories of Academy of Umbrellas is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 785 million Hargreevesians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Umbrella Academy. The average income tax rate is 79.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Hargreevesian economy, worth 72.2 trillion donuts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Trout Farming. Average income is 91,947 donuts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

It takes all playtime for children to locate their friends among two hundred identical heads, three-year-olds have tantrums because they don't want to be drainage technicians when they grow up, teenage girls worry that they'll be unpopular if their skirts aren't short enough, and betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Academy of Umbrellas's national animal is the Luther-Back gorilla, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Academy of Umbrellas is ranked 22,896th in the world and 656th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 72.5 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 309thMost Influential: 993rdTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,845thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,029thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,314thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,731stLowest Crime Rates: 12,971stBest Weather: 13,311thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,340thSafest: 13,354thMost Pacifist: 14,578thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,580thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,905thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,929th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 40th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 153rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 313th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 326th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 359th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 360th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 391st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 413th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 413th in the regionBest Weather: 439th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 468th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 470th in the regionLargest Governments: 500th in the regionSafest: 516th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 526th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 528th in the regionMost Secular: 557th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 568th in the regionMost Inclusive: 584th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant.
  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, teenage girls worry that they'll be unpopular if their skirts aren't short enough.
  • : Academy of Umbrellas was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, three-year-olds have tantrums because they don't want to be drainage technicians when they grow up.
  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, it takes all playtime for children to locate their friends among two hundred identical heads.
  • : Academy of Umbrellas voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The New Inquisition".
  • : Academy of Umbrellas voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Food Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, where there's smoke there's the Hargreevesian Forestry Department.
  • : Academy of Umbrellas was endorsed by The Republic of Rendania.
  • : Following new legislation in Academy of Umbrellas, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 275 » Nova Montron, Aidenfieeld, Si-topia, Erinor, Tsunamy, Nankyoku Tairiku, Wehraboos, Drystar, Salguod, Illinoisan, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Jaxon, New Prenalia, Laluna Isle, Stoniamera, Lumpov Hasch, Awjan, Silberne Wache, Dalklo Bayer, Wese Zippopiteradgil, The Filippinas, Lightmare, North Anatnom, Curlyhoward, Tsvetania, Prefesia, USNE2018, Saciu, Blaash, Quiescent, Elveka, United Qwebland, Democratic Parndia, Whimichy, Republic Clovakh, Antarctic Empires, Land Without Shrimp, Lambdaland, Frandlia, Ariankido, The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp, Spearos, Brendleton, Theorin, Sthalrim, Rabbitz, Madhonia, Holy Chimerland, Aneas, A leftover country, and 225 others.Jahass, Jehenna, Poopisiya, Shengtie, Trinennie, Sanden, Asdfghuiop, The West Valley Mountains, Yeldarbsland, The Two Jerseys, Kholdan, Aywhyou, Volaworand, Namat Sta, Seldon and the Psychohistorians, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Kiasu-ism, Jaila, Barabarom, Lorora3, Lincoln Village, Rosamie, Southern Numenor, Nowa Europa, Unidum, Atomic Garden, Staubsaugen, Fuso and Chunggu, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Ostanasia, St Oaks, PEPEP, Towi Lamia, Xandev, Darakin, Great Andora, New Briantown, Amerion, Bear Connors Paradiso, SHAYTAN UKHIROSS, Pamela And Hepatitis, Freedoom, The Solar System Scope, Kandorith, Escevola, 985, Herbert Island, Sonnydesh, Mirutania, Pax Dracon, Lulliland, North Erfton, RestartAll, Hanguk-Nippon, The naked people, FreeFishers, Sagada, Corgitopiaa, Seliyan progressive Islands, Privatore, Linden Oak, Sedunn, Floofoland, Concrete Slab, Potion Seller, Soem, Direwolf1, Lost And Found, Pulaski Republic, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Phanama, Shema Mitzvah, Yellunstryer, Amutien, Virgindale, Ufask, Mona Landia, Anachronolandia, Calistan, The United Expanse, Center Lisle, Luddinlande, Wyatonians, A Frog Dimension, Malkotistan, Uncastania, Noire Denholm, Centristvill, PASTIR, Havenfell, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Aguatania, Kobehia, Avalonica, Angevin Britannia, North Kanuckistan, North Prarie, Lichenitza, Ancient Slobovia, Terranous, Rebel-topia, The Provinces of British North America, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Myr Nyr, NeoConcordia, Iristead, Paenoa, Bentwaters, Freedwanda, Crabius, Aumeltopia, Agalaesia, The ColdWyvernian Undead, Eastern Nyan, Revanial, Utondara, Mantas Meow, Ridehale, Nothanksbutseriously, KIROVET, Khazadine, Spazzhole, WTP All the good names are taken, Farelonia, Lan Inton, Akindom, Bandorion, Japanese Federal Republic, Reptilians from the Alternate Earth, Cuuldere, GI-Land, Ttyxious, Bergenu, Esfalsa, Corolines, Choodox, East Asylla Pan, Vincent Field, Cairfield, Dankstergrad, Mechanocs, Farengeto, United Territories of West Afbeckistan, Bananas2, Enplatia, Aurcania, Walloonia, Dasko, Cantoron, The Brand New Salvatagard Republic, Vos Dothrak, Slavic Minimalia, Santulanum, Shadow-Land, Serkostan, Pays de Loire, Bod Wareenaland, Caer Krasinet, Drugged Monkeys, Lester Crest, Transtemporal Shifts, Okoria, Eliies, Nordafrik Conclaves, Probably Wisconsin, Hika Monith, Zhelenitsa, Qawe, Changolandia, Sesteran, Goddamous, Churumduul, Los Lonley Boys, State of Iowa, Milvands, British Nations, Linguiniland, Upper Tyrconnel, Raelsa, Indri Cays, Darbor, The Randominion, New Juan Carlos Land, Anarch Gilead, Dubbayoo, United Federated States of Omega, PenguinPies, Daehan aegugjuui hwangjegug lyeonbang, Crystal Creation, Daestromos, Kringalia, Wild Space, Sporaltryus, Anatath, Bute Republic, Negoshi, Hyypia, La Patente, South Central Siberia, Great Africans, Lakalvesoman, Oceanfront, Novamora, Nejopia, Qvait, Beepee, Reli Nation, Phillius, Higash, Westoc Kinness, Srevana, The Sk8ing Unicorn, Bedain, Oreo States, BootJack, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Kuddles, South Whitica, Zaelith, Ketathinamiri Islands, UnShleepd, Solega, Imperial Duck, and Rendania.

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