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The Watchfires of Aug-1

“Skin on skin, let the love begin”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Augusta

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Aug-1

Population6.477 billion

Currency$$
AnimalDeath's-head Hawkmoth

The Watchfires of Aug-1 is a colossal, genial nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, unlimited-speed roads, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, devout population of 6.477 billion Aug-1ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 29.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Aug-1ian economy, worth 310 trillion $$s a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Retail, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 47,984 $$s, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government seizes all major gold finds, the Aug-1 Mental Asylum Party have recently won seats in parliament, Leader has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves, and returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aug-1's national animal is the Death's-head Hawkmoth, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Aug-1 is ranked 139,227th in the world and 1st in Augusta for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 28.11 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Safest: 13,660thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,119th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, Leader has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, the Aug-1 Mental Asylum Party have recently won seats in parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : Aug-1 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, the fattest folk in Aug-1 look to be the happiest ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, concussed Death's-head Hawkmothball players cannot remember their lineup position.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, twice-daily toilet inspection rotas for government buildings are archived for public appraisal.
  • : Following new legislation in Aug-1, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.

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