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The Archaic Revival of Death By Astonishment

“What do YOU think when YOU face the waterfall?” The Altered Statesman

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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Europeia


Death By Astonishment

Population2.513 billion

CapitalThe DMT Tunnel
LeaderThe Altered Statesman
FaithPsychedelic Shamanism

Currencyheroic dose
Animalstoned ape

The Archaic Revival of Death By Astonishment is a massive, genial nation, ruled by The Altered Statesman with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.513 billion Consciousness Explorers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Law & Order and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The DMT Tunnel. The average income tax rate is 37.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Psychedelic economy, worth 238 trillion heroic doses a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 94,903 heroic doses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Five-hundred-twenty-five-thousand-six-hundred revivals is how theatre-goers measure a year, piracy is the nation's most popular pastime, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, and 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Death By Astonishment's national animal is the stoned ape, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Psychedelic Shamanism.

Death By Astonishment is ranked 138,408th in the world and 816th in Europeia for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 100.53 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Highest Drug Use: 2,926thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,383rdRudest Citizens: 4,904thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,906thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,978thMost Cultured: 7,945thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,296thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,649thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 11,897thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,970thNicest Citizens: 16,095thSmartest Citizens: 16,200thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,661stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,920thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,832ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,882nd
Highest Drug Use: 10th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 39th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 59th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 61st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 84th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 85th in the regionNudest: 98th in the regionMost Cultured: 112th in the region

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