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The SPU Member State of Greater Saint-Paul

“We are all ideologies, but none at the same time” Emperor Arthur IV

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Greater Saint-Paul

Population3.627 billion

CapitalSaint Paul
LeaderEmperor Arthur IV

CurrencyReal Mark
AnimalCockatiel

The SPU Member State of Greater Saint-Paul is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Arthur IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.627 billion Paulistians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Paul. The average income tax rate is 60.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Paulistian economy, worth 346 trillion Real Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is 95,398 Real Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Acupuncture is routinely prescribed for intravenous drug addicts, disposable antiseptic wipes are considered a social necessity, billions of Real Marks are being blown on orbital weapons development, and frustrated women are overjoyed at the provision of communal washing machines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Greater Saint-Paul's national animal is the Cockatiel, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Greater Saint-Paul is ranked 212,442nd in the world and 9,607th in The North Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -12.19 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 8,172ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,342ndTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,128thLargest Mining Sector: 17,513thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,929thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,480thMost Authoritarian: 21,351stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21,890th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 376th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 533rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 568th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 654th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 683rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 730th in the regionMost Stationary: 809th in the region

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