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The Emirate of Ducist

“From the ashes we rise”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The levellers



Population751 million


The Emirate of Ducist is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of prisons, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 751 million Ducistians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 68.2%.

The Ducistian economy, worth 31.3 trillion Soms 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, quite specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, Trout Farming, and Retail. 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 41,667 Soms, with the richest citizens earning 5.3 times as much as the poorest.

Constipated-looking politicians are uptight about potty mouths, political candidates must be personally vetted by Leader, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools, and the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ducist's national animal is the sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Ducist is ranked 58,479th in the world and 15th in The levellers for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,557.88 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Conservative: 383rdTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,186thMost Authoritarian: 5,433rdTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,930thMost Extreme: 13,615th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the region

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