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The Armed Republic of Drums

“The sound of a gong followed by the sound of a cannon”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Devide by Zero

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Drums

Population310 million

CapitalGong City

Currencycashy-cash
Animalfalcon

The Armed Republic of Drums is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, frequent executions, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 310 million Drummers are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gong City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Drummish economy, worth 38.0 trillion cashy-cashes a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 122,492 cashy-cashes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 743,626 per year while the poor average 8,978, a ratio of 82.8 to 1.

Labour strikes are routinely squashed by police, the workforce is almost entirely made up of slave labour, newspapers cannot report anything about politicians without their explicit consent, and a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Drums's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Drums is ranked 234,829th in the world and 1,891st in Devide by Zero for Highest Drug Use, scoring 4.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Top
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,263rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,368thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,432ndFattest Citizens: 3,698thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,273rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,044thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,142ndMost Avoided: 6,812thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,819thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,199thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,714thLargest Retail Industry: 11,814thTop
10%
Most Armed: 13,703rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,360thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,418thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,888thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,025thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,334thMost Secular: 21,743rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 22,324thHighest Average Incomes: 22,551st
Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionTop
5%
Most Armed: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 33rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 44th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 53rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 58th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 77th in the regionRudest Citizens: 89th in the regionLargest Governments: 98th in the regionTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 116th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 131st in the regionMost Cultured: 196th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Drums was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in Drums, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • : Drums changed its national motto to "The sound of a gong followed by the sound of a cannon".
  • : Drums changed its national capital to "Gong City" and its motto to "*sound of a gong*".
  • : Drums changed its national motto to "Tap, Tap, Brrap".
  • : Drums changed its national capital to "Gongdong" and its motto to "Tap, Tap, Tap".
  • : Drums revoked its national capital.
  • : Following new legislation in Drums, newspapers cannot report anything about politicians without their explicit consent.
  • : Following new legislation in Drums, the workforce is almost entirely made up of slave labour.
  • : Drums was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Armed.

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