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The White Line Wall of I 10

“No sparkley motto here, dude”

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

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Louisiana

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I 10

Population4.811 billion

CapitalLos Angeles
LeaderEisenhower
FaithPavement

Currencytoll
AnimalBronco

The White Line Wall of I 10 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Eisenhower with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.811 billion Highwaymen 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 Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Los Angeles. The average income tax rate is 70.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Roadworthy economy, worth 531 trillion tolls 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 large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an impressive 110,382 tolls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction, and citizens who want to celebrate the holidays generally deck the halls with old newspaper trimmings and dirty socks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. I 10's national animal is the Bronco, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pavement.

I 10 is ranked 148,808th in the world and 9th in Louisiana for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 24.83 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Top
5%
Most Armed: 4,176thLargest Black Market: 5,852ndMost Avoided: 7,395thLargest Mining Sector: 7,458thTop
10%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,255thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,981stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,292ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,721stMost Corrupt Governments: 16,119thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,679thMost Conservative: 17,343rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : I 10 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry, Highest Foreign Aid Spending, and Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, citizens who want to celebrate the holidays generally deck the halls with old newspaper trimmings and dirty socks.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : I 10 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 10% for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in I 10, drug distribution is tightly controlled by the government.

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