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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

Population14.299 billion

CapitalTartarus
LeaderCharon the Corrupt

CurrencySoul
AnimalZombie

The Dominion of Deathly Apparitions is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Charon the Corrupt with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and national health service. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.299 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 658 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 46,039 Souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Deathly Apparitionsian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors, and vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction. 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 12,254th in the world and 475th in the South Pacific for Safest, scoring 117.81 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
5%
Most Pacifist: 2,224thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,059thLowest Crime Rates: 3,635thMost Stationary: 4,072ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,952ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,974thLargest Governments: 5,130thHealthiest Citizens: 5,936thNudest: 6,297thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,466thMost Secular: 7,598thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,900thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,037thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,774thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 10,768thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,985thMost Influential: 11,801stSmartest Citizens: 11,918thSafest: 12,254thMost Cultured: 12,337thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,473rdMost Beautiful Environments: 13,746thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,428thLargest Populations: 14,763rdMost Authoritarian: 16,046thMost Inclusive: 18,894thMost Income Equality: 20,694th
Top
1%
Most Pacifist: 79th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 81st in the regionTop
5%
Most Stationary: 91st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 108th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 120th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 123rd in the regionLargest Governments: 128th in the regionLargest Populations: 166th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 186th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 193rd in the regionNudest: 226th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 272nd in the regionMost Secular: 272nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 281st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 300th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 313th in the regionMost Cultured: 353rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 358th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 381st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 393rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 411th in the regionTop
10%
Most Beautiful Environments: 428th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 430th in the regionSafest: 475th in the regionMost Inclusive: 686th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 809th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 837th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Pacifist and the Top 5% for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : 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 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest and Smartest Citizens.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs, Most Influential, and Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Deathly Apparitions was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.

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