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The People's Republic of Bagstrom

“Disobey me when I hear, a disappearance you should fear”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Stromboli

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Bagstrom

Population12 million

CurrencyAir
AnimalHuman

The People's Republic of Bagstrom is a tiny, orderly nation, notable for its state-planned economy, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 12 million Bags 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 69.4%.

The fair Bagstromian economy, worth 463 billion Airs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 38,619 Airs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Careless Maxémon Trainers have been the cause of numerous search and rescue operations, many politicians are serving jail time for minor drug offenses, orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children, and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bagstrom's national animal is the Human.

Bagstrom is ranked 148,793rd in the world and 4th in Stromboli for Most Armed, with 0.2 Weapons Per Person.

Top
1%
Most Conservative: 313thTop
5%
Most Authoritarian: 3,693rdTop
10%
Most Extreme: 9,844thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,123rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,816thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,476thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,480thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,198th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bagstrom, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Bagstrom, orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children.
  • : Bagstrom's influence in Stromboli fell from "Hegemony" to "Dominator".
  • : Following new legislation in Bagstrom, many politicians are serving jail time for minor drug offenses.
  • : Bagstrom voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Union of the Axis Powers".
  • : Following new legislation in Bagstrom, careless Maxémon Trainers have been the cause of numerous search and rescue operations.
  • : Bagstrom lodged a message on the Stromboli Regional Message Board.
  • : Bagstrom's influence in Stromboli fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Bagstrom approved the World Assembly proposal "Repeal "Prevention of Torture"".
  • : Following new legislation in Bagstrom, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.

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Endorsements Received: 2 » Brazzerz and Jebaditis.

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