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The Void of Dustwind

“You live, you suffer, you die”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Dustwind

Population20.669 billion

CapitalPalace of Dust
LeaderDusty Dustican
FaithSufferology

Currencygold dust
Animalscorpion

The Void of Dustwind is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Dusty Dustican with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.669 billion Dustwindians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palace of Dust. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Dustwindian economy, worth a remarkable 8,360 trillion gold dusts a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 404,472 gold dusts, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,254,936 per year while the poor average 36,221, a ratio of 62.3 to 1.

Strange looking men with big red noses are found hiding behind bushes and inside dustbins, small shoes often wash up on the beach, vacationing Dustwindians expect to be treated as royalty, and spousal homicide rates have tripled in recent months. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Dustwind's national animal is the scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sufferology.

Dustwind is ranked 209,170th in the world and 2,209th in 10000 Islands for Safest, scoring 2.94 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Influential: 2ndFattest Citizens: 161stMost Valuable International Artwork: 235thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 242ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 242ndMost Corrupt Governments: 254thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 287thLargest Retail Industry: 305thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 314thMost Avoided: 372ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 402ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 431stLargest Insurance Industry: 456thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 467thLargest Gambling Industry: 479thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 483rdMost Armed: 529thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 530thHighest Economic Output: 620thMost Devout: 686thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 693rdHighest Average Incomes: 703rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 770thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 917thLargest Mining Sector: 922ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 996thMost Efficient Economies: 1,092ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,383rdRudest Citizens: 1,500thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,074thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,297thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,270thLargest Black Market: 4,912thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,534thLargest Populations: 5,761stLargest Governments: 6,423rdTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,560thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,374thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,944thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,024thMost Stationary: 16,126thLowest Crime Rates: 17,935thHighest Drug Use: 19,980th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionRudest Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Black Market: 39th in the regionLargest Populations: 52nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 55th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 91st in the regionLargest Governments: 92nd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 138th in the regionMost Stationary: 142nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 157th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 201st in the region

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