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The Queendom of FTS


Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Hsiao Han



Population5.957 billion


The Queendom of FTS is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 5.957 billion FTSians 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 69.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant FTSian economy, worth 92.3 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Tourism, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 15,498 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, gambling is outlawed, and a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. FTS's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

FTS is ranked 63,326th in the world and 115th in Hsiao Han for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 2,439.56 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Authoritarian: 415thMost Conservative: 719thMost Extreme: 1,646thTop
Most Income Equality: 6,686thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,775thTop
Most Pacifist: 15,810th
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionMost Income Equality: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : FTS was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : FTS's influence in Hsiao Han rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : FTS's influence in Hsiao Han fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : FTS was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : FTS was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : FTS's influence in Hsiao Han fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : FTS's influence in Hsiao Han fell from "Hermit" to "Apprentice".
  • : FTS's influence in Hsiao Han rose from "Zero" to "Hermit".
  • : FTS relocated from Purgatory to Hsiao Han.
  • : FTS's influence in Purgatory rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".