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The Despotic Nightmare State of Farun

“Pax in virtute”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands



Population12.703 billion

CapitalEagle Rock
LeaderEmperor Robert Anson

AnimalFaruni Eagle

The Despotic Nightmare State of Farun is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Robert Anson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.703 billion Farunians 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eagle Rock. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Faruni economy, worth a remarkable 3,428 trillion Rials a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 269,910 Rials, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Emperor Robert Anson's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", children are sent to either religious or secular schools, and it's never "just a game" with Faruni sports fans. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Farun's national animal is the Faruni Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Memery.

Farun is ranked 5,028th in the world and 111th in 10000 Islands for Smartest Citizens, with 128.05 quips per hour.

Most Patriotic: 407thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 967thLowest Crime Rates: 1,146thLargest Governments: 1,516thMost Devout: 1,594thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,855thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,949thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,353rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,357thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,425thHealthiest Citizens: 2,611thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,789thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,808thMost Armed: 3,058thHighest Average Incomes: 3,213thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,293rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,539thMost Developed: 3,824thMost Efficient Economies: 3,864thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,901stMost Corrupt Governments: 4,397thHighest Economic Output: 4,811thSmartest Citizens: 5,028thMost Cultured: 5,279thSafest: 5,625thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,784thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,084thMost Authoritarian: 7,675thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,460thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,970thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,344thMost Influential: 11,301stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,778thBest Weather: 11,827thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,897thHighest Food Quality: 12,966thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13,712thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,712thMost Conservative: 16,138thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,100thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,431stLargest Welfare Programs: 19,488thLargest Populations: 25,702nd
Most Patriotic: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Armed: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 42nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 43rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 46th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 56th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 62nd in the regionMost Extreme: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 67th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 73rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 73rd in the regionMost Developed: 83rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 94th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 95th in the regionSafest: 98th in the regionMost Cultured: 98th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 111th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 123rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Farun, it's never "just a game" with Faruni sports fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, children are sent to either religious or secular schools.
  • : Farun was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Food Quality and Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, Emperor Robert Anson's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, beggars lack pockets for spare change.
  • : Farun was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, children seem to be getting better at lying these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50.
  • : Following new legislation in Farun, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.