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The Very Strange Bartender of Dhelerum

“🎶They call me a drifter, they say I'm no good🎶”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Sands

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Dhelerum

Population2.451 billion

CapitalEl Paso
LeaderMarty Robins
FaithLady Luck

CurrencyDollar
AnimalHorse

The Very Strange Bartender of Dhelerum is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Marty Robins with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, compulsory military service, and frequent executions. The cynical, devout population of 2.451 billion Dhelerumians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Paso. The average income tax rate is 60.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Dhelerumian economy, worth 274 trillion Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 112,165 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, chess defeat has made Marty Robins the laughingstock of dictators and grandmasters alike, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, and Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to El Paso to enjoy their national art. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dhelerum's national animal is the Horse, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Lady Luck.

Dhelerum is ranked 139,436th in the world and 8th in The Sands for Most Beautiful Environments, with 100.4 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Top
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,416thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,496thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,458thTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8,899thMost Armed: 10,494thMost Authoritarian: 11,422ndHighest Poor Incomes: 12,908thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,929thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,499th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to El Paso to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, chess defeat has made Marty Robins the laughingstock of dictators and grandmasters alike.
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Dhelerum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and the Top 10% for Most Authoritarian and Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, dentists routinely perform open heart surgery.
  • : Dhelerum was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, deceased politicians' MyFace profiles are unanimously pro-incumbent.
  • : Dhelerum was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Dhelerum, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile.

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