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The Natural Union of Fringillidae


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

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Middle Earth

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Population5.43 billion



The Natural Union of Fringillidae is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Carduelinae with an iron fist, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, avant-garde cinema, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.43 billion Fringillidaeans 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Education aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pyrrhula. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 86.0%.

The strong Fringillidaean economy, worth 864 trillion finches 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, 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 impressive 159,239 finches, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 506,388 per year while the poor average 38,126, a ratio of 13.3 to 1.

Skyscrapers get built in just days, cremation is compulsory for the deceased, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters, and six-year-old children playing dress-up are viewed with suspicion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Fringillidae's national animal is the chaffinch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Fringilla.

Fringillidae is ranked 49,583rd in the world and 17th in Middle Earth for Highest Poor Incomes, with 38,126.49 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Primitive: 189thMost Ignorant Citizens: 381stMost Devout: 525thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 823rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,486thLargest Black Market: 1,926thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,642ndMost Avoided: 2,643rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,838thLargest Mining Sector: 3,215thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,618thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,872ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,872ndNudest: 4,085thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,165thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,379thMost Conservative: 6,664thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,217thMost Authoritarian: 7,385thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,327thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,688thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,692ndLargest Governments: 12,498thLowest Crime Rates: 14,412thMost Stationary: 19,425thHighest Economic Output: 19,808thMost Influential: 20,782nd
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 13th in the region

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