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The Free Land of Fristed

“Worship the Night”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population1.179 billion

LeaderMr White

Animalpolar bear

The Free Land of Fristed is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mr White with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and exploding hoverboards. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.179 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 63.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fristean economy, worth 91.4 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 77,512 crystals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The letters L, G, and B must never be grouped together, one-word headlines are the norm in Fristean newspapers, a division of tanks navigating "as the crow flies" has driven into a ravine, and Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Fristed's national animal is the polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Fristed is ranked 118,739th in the world and 3,807th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 64 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,660thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,552ndMost Devout: 3,135thMost Influential: 5,660thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,100thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,747thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,430thTop
Largest Black Market: 8,602ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,048thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,742nd
Most Ignorant Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Devout: 64th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 131st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 137th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 149th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 194th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 244th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 301st in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 433rd in the regionMost Influential: 511th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 512th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 588th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 594th in the regionMost Armed: 692nd in the region

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