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The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Black Hawks

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Ever-Wandering Souls

Population14.234 billion

CapitalSanctuary

CurrencyTale
AnimalMongrel

The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls is a gargantuan, cultured nation, notable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 14.234 billion Survivors are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctuary. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming a Survivor economy, worth a remarkable 1,728 trillion Tales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 121,459 Tales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue, and artists are pillars of society. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ever-Wandering Souls's national animal is the Mongrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ever-Wandering Souls is ranked 21,619th in the world and 52nd in The Black Hawks for Most Developed, scoring 80.32 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 204thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,680thHighest Economic Output: 8,867thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,361stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,511thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,771stLargest Governments: 11,940thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,980thMost Stationary: 13,244thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,133rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,223rdMost Inclusive: 14,388thLargest Populations: 15,063rdLowest Crime Rates: 15,670thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,974thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,008thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,434thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,449thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,398thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,183rdSafest: 18,412th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 24th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionSafest: 38th in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 46th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 51st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 51st in the regionMost Developed: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ever-Wandering Souls's influence in The Black Hawks rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, the nation's latest batch of politicians include internet comedians, an alleged serial killer, and a highly trained Mongrel.
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Highest Average Incomes.

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