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The Void of Dustwind

“You live, you suffer, you die”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: 10000 Islands



Population19.104 billion

CapitalPalace of Dust
LeaderDusty Dustican

Currencygold dust

The Void of Dustwind is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dusty Dustican with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, flagrant waste-dumping, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.104 billion Dustwindians 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business, 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 are ignored. 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 7,490 trillion gold dusts a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 392,100 gold dusts, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,622,568 per year while the poor average 62,207, a ratio of 26.1 to 1.

Foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Dustwindian Moonshine", teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, and there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. 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 5,425th in the world and 97th in 10000 Islands for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 505.46 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Influential: 2ndFattest Citizens: 148thMost Corrupt Governments: 238thHighest Disposable Incomes: 243rdLargest Retail Industry: 250thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 257thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 274thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 310thMost Avoided: 357thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 379thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 391stLargest Insurance Industry: 431stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 442ndLargest Gambling Industry: 509thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 571stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 584thHighest Average Incomes: 622ndHighest Economic Output: 665thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 672ndMost Devout: 703rdMost Armed: 747thLargest Mining Sector: 887thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 888thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 958thRudest Citizens: 1,240thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,283rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,444thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,004thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,085thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,425thLargest Populations: 5,856thLargest Governments: 6,529thLargest Black Market: 6,657thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,474thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 10,144thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,821stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,680thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,870thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,314thMost Pro-Market: 16,451stLowest Crime Rates: 16,621st
Most Influential: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 54th in the regionLargest Black Market: 54th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 71st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 71st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 75th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 97th in the regionLargest Governments: 102nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Dustwind endorsed The Federation of Bay of India.
  • : Dustwind was endorsed by The Federation of Bay of India.
  • : Dustwind voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Dustwind was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market and Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Dustwindian Moonshine".
  • : Following new legislation in Dustwind, everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist.
  • : Dustwind's influence in 10000 Islands rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 118 » Isentran, Blogotopia, Sygnafylki, New Dracora, Oom, The Soylent Green Party, Berzerkastan, Seantonia, Lamborghini Murcielago, Zeklandia, Old Atlantica, Tzo, Achiotopia, The Tasmanian Islands, Zyrcrestia, DunNaGall, Slaytania, Samonaemia, Anollasia, Palman, Seranis, Kilenel, Colonel Terrosit, Grungerock, Creeptopia, Future of Mankind, Tijdtevelia, Karlando, HN67, Chip Skylark, Coreras, Better Indonesia, Testa, Serlone, The Snake Brotherhood, Hellei, Ferte, Perzische Keizer, Brandenbourg-Anhalt, Kyrizstanislav, Edorask, Finswedeway, Stroulia, Kebecois, The Parandeam, Cybershield, Tangora, Killettland, Greek People Nation, Gewisse, and 68 others.The Marcolinan Islands, RussiaOne, Zeganas, Maalemzya, Ishkabibber, Danyl, Novegia, Aspistania, Adorable Kittens, Leirkra, Lastrov, Bone Appeh Yeete, Luzaatia, Lower Phlebacite, The Texas Faction, Uprus, Hawalius, Echocrimsonia, Hamletus, Rex Republic, Wysrod, Inberdia, Gluebucket, Cape Vessey, Wakazia, Muricasz, Eames, The Playa Wastes, Republic of Nutella, The Utah Federation, Amor Libertatem, Laykeria, Hollo, Germanic and Jewish people, Swag Chief Bubba Estate, Cityvile Town, Jiria, Crusakh, South and East Illyria, The Red Falls, Polka Republic, New Fania, Nooooooooooooooo, DVVK, The City States Of Las Vegas, Cyber Revolution, Kuriko, Hacame, Grahnol, Flying Eagles, St Lennys Island, Alterrum, Second Napoleonic Francais, Erbitak, Great Shadowland, Legionnares, Pelanesomunk, ScaleLand, Datland, Lebenlauf, Vedrea, Fiodiya, Generic Country Name That Is Available, United States of Kerthina, Radicarcs, Libraziland, The Valencian Federation, and Bay of India.

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