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The Publication of Eastern Pacific News Service

“Ex Oriente Lux!” Minister of Information Tretrid

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The East Pacific

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Eastern Pacific News Service

Population3.624 billion

CapitalRilanon
LeaderMinister of Information Tretrid

Currencycaek
Animalparrot

The Publication of Eastern Pacific News Service is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Minister of Information Tretrid with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, cynical population of 3.624 billion East Pacificans 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 medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rilanon. The average income tax rate is 31.1%.

The strong Eastern Pacifican economy, worth 206 trillion caeks a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 56,920 caeks, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

New arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark, new legislators take a week-long class entitled "Keeping Your Job: How to Avoid Offending Minister of Information Tretrid", opposition party MPs campaign shirtless to show off their numerous lash scars, and money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Eastern Pacific News Service's national animal is the parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Eastern Pacific News Service is ranked 50,641st in the world and 1,806th in The East Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 563.11 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,407thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,881stMost Ignorant Citizens: 21,880th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 585th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 660th in the regionLargest Populations: 820th in the region

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