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The Queendom of Encurage

“Loyalty, Wealth, Security”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population574 million


AnimalGreat White Shark

The Queendom of Encurage is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 574 million Encurageans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Malon. The average income tax rate is 56.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Encuragean economy, worth 73.1 trillion Mosths 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese 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 impressive 127,289 Mosths, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Increasing numbers of children in Encurage have different eye and hair color to their supposed fathers, pro-democracy protesters are shot on sight by state police, veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain, and the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Encurage's national animal is the Great White Shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Encurage is ranked 22,878th in the world and 823rd in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,563.52 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,188thTop
Most Influential: 3,781stMost Secular: 3,884thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,509thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,584thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,496thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8,518thMost Authoritarian: 9,591stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,483rdHealthiest Citizens: 12,266thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,227th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 94th in the regionMost Secular: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 124th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 143rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 183rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 271st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 275th in the regionMost Influential: 302nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 342nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 346th in the regionLargest Black Market: 398th in the regionMost Developed: 447th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 449th in the regionBest Weather: 467th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 500th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 509th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 531st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 546th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 553rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 585th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 589th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 594th in the regionLargest Governments: 603rd in the region

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