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The Morally Questionable People of Flibblers

“Flibble” The Oppressive Mighty One

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Antarctica

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Flibblers

Population29.248 billion

CapitalFlibble Central
LeaderThe Oppressive Mighty One

CurrencyFlaaben
AnimalFlibbitybobble

The Morally Questionable People of Flibblers is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Oppressive Mighty One with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, soft-spoken computers, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 29.248 billion Flibblibians 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 prioritizes Defense, with Education, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Flibble Central. The income tax rate is 100%.

The gigantic but underdeveloped Flibblersian economy, worth an astonishing 11,457 trillion Flaabens 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 amazing 391,732 Flaabens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, builders across Flibblers are blocked up with orders for new public loos, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, and even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Flibblers's national animal is the Flibbitybobble, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Flibblers is ranked 76,923rd in the world and 26th in Antarctica for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,582.43 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 9thMost Secular: 11thMost Corrupt Governments: 11thLongest Average Lifespans: 21stHealthiest Citizens: 22ndLargest Governments: 22ndSmartest Citizens: 23rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 35thLargest Black Market: 42ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 76thMost Advanced Public Transport: 151stMost Avoided: 172ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 200thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 289thHighest Economic Output: 296thLargest Mining Sector: 392ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 423rdHighest Poor Incomes: 548thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 622ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 665thHighest Average Incomes: 796thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 977thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,016thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,522ndMost Stationary: 1,560thTop
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Largest Populations: 2,214thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,562ndMost Inclusive: 5,148thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,597thMost Authoritarian: 6,709thMost Influential: 8,065thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,792ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,409thTop
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Most Conservative: 11,564thMost Extreme: 18,782ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,905th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, builders across Flibblers are blocked up with orders for new public loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, motivational posters send motorists positive vibes in high-risk areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, pet owners make sure their dogs wear diapers.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, mandatory spouse selection pairs elderly apparatchiki with stunningly beautiful supermodels.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.
  • : Following new legislation in Flibblers, the government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens.

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