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The Republic of Gareth and the Lady Pheonix

“Family should stick together”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Bad Science

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Gareth and the Lady Pheonix

Population605 million

CapitalFlying Cat

Currencyguitar
Animalpurple cheshire cat

The Republic of Gareth and the Lady Pheonix is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 605 million Gareth and the Lady Pheonixians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Flying Cat. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 44.5%.

The Gareth and the Lady Pheonixian economy, worth 28.6 trillion guitars a year, is led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 47,261 guitars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 156,011 per year while the poor average 10,711, a ratio of 14.6 to 1.

Kids these days know how to throw a proper punch, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation, it's usual for grandparents to stay in the family home with their descendants but younger children are often frightened of them, and emojis are the soul of wit. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gareth and the Lady Pheonix's national animal is the purple cheshire cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Gareth and the Lady Pheonix is ranked 153,392nd in the world and 8th in Bad Science for Most Secular, with 16.28 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,357thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 17,243rdMost Authoritarian: 19,355th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, emojis are the soul of wit.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, it's usual for grandparents to stay in the family home with their descendants but younger children are often frightened of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, kids these days know how to throw a proper punch.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, third world countries are rich in "I Love Flying Cat" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, a popular saying is "a chicken for every pot and an abortion clinic on every street".
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, it is a crime to operate a combine harvester while intoxicated.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions.
  • : Following new legislation in Gareth and the Lady Pheonix, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.

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