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The Free Land of Fristed

“Worship the Night”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Fristed

Population2.922 billion

CapitalNyallison
LeaderThe Claw
FaithNight

Currencycrystal
Animalpolar bear

The Free Land of Fristed is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Claw with an iron fist, and renowned for its lack of airports, zero percent divorce rate, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.922 billion Fristens are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nyallison. The average income tax rate is 67.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fristean economy, worth 252 trillion crystals 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, Information Technology, Retail, and Trout Farming. 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 86,509 crystals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wedding bands come in pairs to form wedding manacles, 90% of active duty FAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, and all footpaths have tollbooths. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Fristed's national animal is the polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Night.

Fristed is ranked 46,373rd in the world and 1,728th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,974.76 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,564thMost Devout: 3,128thMost Influential: 3,956thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,145thLargest Black Market: 6,714thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,023rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,651stTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,023rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,310thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,620th
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Most Devout: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 136th in the regionLargest Black Market: 216th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 258th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 266th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 310th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 374th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 386th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 454th in the regionMost Influential: 467th in the regionMost Armed: 671st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 682nd in the regionMost Stationary: 689th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 699th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 762nd in the region

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