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The Republic of House 214

“From Sak, with love :)”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Switz

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House 214

Population595 million

Currencychip
AnimalVinny

The Republic of House 214 is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 595 million House 214ians 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 large, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Public Transport. The average income tax rate is 47.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped House 214ian economy, worth 16.6 trillion chips 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 27,854 chips, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, and prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. House 214's national animal is the Vinny, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

House 214 is ranked 148,725th in the world and 336th in Switz for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -6.24 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Conservative: 2,444thMost Authoritarian: 4,109thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,046thTop
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Most Extreme: 10,748thMost Primitive: 11,725thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,981stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,319th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 26th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionMost Primitive: 28th in the regionMost Extreme: 40th in the regionLargest Black Market: 40th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 40th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : House 214 applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : House 214's influence in Switz rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : House 214's influence in Switz rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : House 214's influence in Switz rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in House 214, prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping.
  • : Following new legislation in House 214, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities.
  • : Following new legislation in House 214, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices.
  • : Following new legislation in House 214, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in House 214, army rations are served on silver platters.
  • : House 214's influence in Switz rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".

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