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The Candlewhisper Puppet of DoNoHarm

“The Doctor can see you now.” The Doctor

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Forest



Population10.009 billion

CapitalThe Surgery
LeaderThe Doctor
Faithenlightened science

Currencymg of olanzapine
Animallab rat

The Candlewhisper Puppet of DoNoHarm is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Doctor with an iron fist, and notable for its fear of technology, parental licensing program, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.009 billion patients are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Defense, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Surgery. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The large but sluggish DoNoHarmian economy, worth 730 trillion mgs of olanzapine a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Furniture Restoration and Basket Weaving. 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 73,024 mgs of olanzapine, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Smiling in public is seen as criminally suspicious behaviour, student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned lab ratball fields, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, and sleeping on the job is recommended. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. DoNoHarm's national animal is the lab rat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is enlightened science.

DoNoHarm is ranked 197,688th in the world and 434th in Forest for Most Developed, scoring 43.92 on the Human Development Index.

Most Extreme: 7thMost Authoritarian: 104thMost Conservative: 158thMost Primitive: 221stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 647thBest Weather: 797thMost Devout: 847thMost Ignorant Citizens: 927thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,475thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,670thLargest Black Market: 1,750thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,829thLowest Crime Rates: 1,886thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,526thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,770thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,229thLargest Governments: 3,508thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,373rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,042ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,081stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,508thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,923rd
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Primitive: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 15th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the regionBest Weather: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : DoNoHarm's influence in Forest fell from "Minnow" to "Nipper".
  • : DoNoHarm's influence in Forest rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : DoNoHarm's influence in Forest fell from "Minnow" to "Nipper".
  • : DoNoHarm's influence in Forest rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : DoNoHarm was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.


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