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The Grand Duchy of Glisandia

“Hver á að lifa lífi sínu”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Teremara

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Glisandia

Population15.891 billion

CapitalRikijdrottin
LeaderDuke Henryk Purczynski II

CurrencyKróna
AnimalHeimskautalandslag Orm

The Grand Duchy of Glisandia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Duke Henryk Purczynski II with an iron fist, and notable for its digital currency, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 15.891 billion Glisandians 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rikijdrottin. The average income tax rate is 56.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Glisandian economy, worth 575 trillion Krónas a year, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 36,189 Krónas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded, and record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported. Crime is totally unknown. Glisandia's national animal is the Heimskautalandslag Orm, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Glisandia is ranked 116,556th in the world and 16th in Teremara for Lowest Crime Rates, with 61.55 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Largest Populations: 14,679thLargest Black Market: 14,921stMost Influential: 19,395thMost Income Equality: 20,418th

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