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The Republic of Charming Strain

“Pride and Industry”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The United Caribbean Island Alliance


Charming Strain

Population4.231 billion


The Republic of Charming Strain is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, digital currency, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate population of 4.231 billion Charming Strainians 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 large, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 45.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Charming Strainian economy, worth 241 trillion pesos a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Furniture Restoration, Basket Weaving, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 57,144 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government spends millions of pesos every year prosecuting spammers, rumor has it that Leader has won three lotteries in a row, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains, and sex offenders find themselves cut off from the ability to repeat their crimes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Charming Strain's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Charming Strain is ranked 62,664th in the world and 7th in The United Caribbean Island Alliance for Most Developed, scoring 61.31 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,667thMost Conservative: 21,138th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the region

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