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The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls

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

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Black Hawks


Ever-Wandering Souls

Population12.61 billion



The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its smutty television, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 12.61 billion Survivors have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large 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 82.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming a Survivor economy, worth a remarkable 1,444 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 114,551 Tales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, and terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors. 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 78,404th in the world and 161st in The Black Hawks for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 787.84 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,770thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,082ndHighest Economic Output: 9,362ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,344thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,409thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,094thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,741stLargest Welfare Programs: 13,044thLargest Governments: 13,198thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,740thSafest: 14,030thMost Inclusive: 14,395thMost Stationary: 15,042ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,263rdLargest Populations: 15,493rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,932ndMost Beautiful Environments: 16,251stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,315th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 16th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Inclusive: 21st in the regionMost Average: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the region

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