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The Empire of Fahrul

“Obey the empire, or perish.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Fahrul

Population826 million

CapitalStrine

CurrencySolidus
AnimalPink Fairy Armadillo

The Empire of Fahrul is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 826 million Fahrulians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Strine. The average income tax rate is 68.2%.

The very strong Fahrulian economy, worth 72.8 trillion Soliduses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 88,128 Soliduses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam", officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, and the statue in the Nguyen Plaza has a solar panel for a hat. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fahrul's national animal is the Pink Fairy Armadillo, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Fahrul is ranked 23,124th in the world and 671st in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 212.35 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,230thMost Influential: 6,075thMost Authoritarian: 6,552ndMost Conservative: 7,967thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,880thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,077thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,105thMost Extreme: 16,356th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 193rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 320th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 351st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 394th in the regionMost Conservative: 422nd in the regionMost Influential: 425th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 455th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 469th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 489th in the regionMost Secular: 530th in the regionMost Extreme: 569th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 582nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 595th in the regionSafest: 603rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 603rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 614th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 618th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 665th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 671st in the regionLargest Governments: 690th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, the statue in the Davis Plaza has a solar panel for a hat.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam".
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.
  • : Fahrul was endorsed by The Crimson Empire of Celannica.
  • : Fahrul was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector, Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, and Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Fahrul, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag.

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