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The Dominion of Deathly Apparitions

“Life is short, Especially here!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Deathly Apparitions

Population12.743 billion

CapitalTartarus
LeaderCharon the Corrupt

CurrencySoul
AnimalZombie

The Dominion of Deathly Apparitions is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Charon the Corrupt with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 12.743 billion Deathly Apparitionsians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tartarus. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The large but sluggish Deathly Apparitionsian economy, worth 586 trillion Souls 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 led by the Furniture Restoration industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 45,991 Souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, citizens are only allowed to view government-approved TV shows, billions are being spent on a new island airport, and scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Deathly Apparitions's national animal is the Zombie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Deathly Apparitions is ranked 30,132nd in the world and 910th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 162.98 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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5%
Most Pacifist: 1,938thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,032ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,557thNudest: 4,297thMost Stationary: 4,368thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,405thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,672ndLargest Governments: 4,952ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,929thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,332ndMost Secular: 6,383rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,783rdTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,803rdMost Influential: 9,664thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,795thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,909thSafest: 10,748thSmartest Citizens: 11,268thMost Cultured: 11,688thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,073rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,570thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,564thMost Authoritarian: 13,617thLargest Populations: 15,242ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,404thMost Income Equality: 16,534thMost Inclusive: 16,773rd
Top
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Most Pacifist: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionTop
5%
Most Stationary: 93rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 94th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 101st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 102nd in the regionLargest Governments: 109th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 140th in the regionNudest: 146th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 161st in the regionLargest Populations: 163rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 174th in the regionMost Secular: 242nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 264th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 271st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 292nd in the regionMost Cultured: 318th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 332nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 336th in the regionTop
10%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 367th in the regionSafest: 393rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 402nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 418th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 479th in the regionMost Inclusive: 579th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 583rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 644th in the regionMost Influential: 651st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.

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