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The Iron Terror of Echopolis

“Manndated happiness for all!” Mann

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Balder

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Echopolis

Population11.138 billion

CapitalMebeirnaz
LeaderMann
FaithEcholan

Currencygypsy tear
Animalgypsy

The Iron Terror of Echopolis is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Mann with an iron fist, and remarkable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, complete lack of prisons, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.138 billion Echoplosts are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mebeirnaz. The average income tax rate is 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Echopolisian economy, worth a remarkable 5,275 trillion gypsy tears 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 473,636 gypsy tears, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Child labor has been outlawed, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, home renovation shows are increasingly popular, and political cartoonists are known for their distinctive odour. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Echopolis's national animal is the gypsy, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Echolan.

Echopolis is ranked 83rd in the world and 3rd in Balder for Highest Poor Incomes, with 419,439.33 Standard Monetary Units.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 83rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 99thMost Advanced Public Transport: 180thLargest Black Market: 198thMost Advanced Public Education: 218thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 260thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 264thMost Subsidized Industry: 370thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 371stHighest Average Incomes: 385thMost Scientifically Advanced: 408thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 583rdMost Secular: 666thLargest Governments: 807thMost Corrupt Governments: 815thHighest Average Tax Rates: 946thLowest Crime Rates: 974thSmartest Citizens: 1,170thLargest Mining Sector: 1,346thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,386thHighest Economic Output: 1,697thMost Efficient Economies: 1,980thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,505thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,015thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,107thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,748thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,817thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,287thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,159thTop
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Most Developed: 12,352ndMost Authoritarian: 12,663rdMost Income Equality: 16,701stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,943rd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 20th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 31st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 59th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 76th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 168th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 230th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 264th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 309th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 311th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 348th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 360th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 474th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 488th in the regionMost Income Equality: 501st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 523rd in the regionLargest Populations: 588th in the regionMost Developed: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Echopolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, political cartoonists are known for their distinctive odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, child labor has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, selfie stick use is a required Scout badge.
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Echopolis was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Echopolis, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.

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