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The Theocracy of Drandi

“Spirit Above All” High Priestess Ailan

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Drandi

Population10.635 billion

CapitalDierni
LeaderHigh Priestess Ailan
FaithDierism

Currencysedino
Animaleagle

The Theocracy of Drandi is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by High Priestess Ailan with an even hand, and remarkable for its fear of technology, public floggings, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 10.635 billion Drandians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, moralistic, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dierni. The average income tax rate is 73.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Drandian economy, worth 502 trillion sedinoes a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 47,242 sedinoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull, public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people", state media features lively debates such as whether pineapple on pizza is an acceptable topping, and people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Drandi's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Dierism.

Drandi is ranked 59,129th in the world and 3,172nd in Lazarus for Most Developed, scoring 59.3 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Devout: 48thMost Primitive: 89thMost Ignorant Citizens: 155thBest Weather: 209thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,022ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,062ndMost Pacifist: 1,255thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,156thHealthiest Citizens: 3,705thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,421stLowest Crime Rates: 6,845thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,677thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,106thSafest: 10,433rdMost Conservative: 13,873rdMost Authoritarian: 15,718thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,736thMost Income Equality: 17,348th
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Most Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 45th in the regionMost Pacifist: 50th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 80th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 166th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 272nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 407th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 456th in the regionMost Income Equality: 475th in the regionMost Conservative: 508th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 576th in the regionSafest: 579th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 600th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Drandi was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, state media features lively debates such as whether pineapple on pizza is an acceptable topping.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people".
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, the tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, once-vitriolic celebrity chefs are now known for giving encouraging hugs to aspiring cooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Drandi, the nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books.

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