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The Empire of BadNationName


Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Location: The Free Nations Region



Population952 million



The Empire of BadNationName is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its public floggings, otherworldly petting zoo, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 952 million DemonymPlural are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital. The average income tax rate is 70.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish DemonymAdjective economy, worth 23.1 trillion Currencies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 24,285 Currencies, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments, most pop videos prominently feature the DemonymAdjective flag, all government facilities are built in the subterranean citadel of Capital, and reddish-brown is the new black. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. BadNationName's national animal is the Animal.

BadNationName is ranked 143,576th in the world and 219th in The Free Nations Region for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -6.15 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Authoritarian: 1,882ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,409thNudest: 3,016thMost Conservative: 3,799thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,381stMost Extreme: 6,176thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,011thMost Income Equality: 13,209th
Most Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionTop
Nudest: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 15th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the region

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