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The Dude Abides of I 5

“Oh, the usual... mmm, bowl, uh... drive around, uh...”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: California

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I 5

Population3.112 billion

CapitalSacramento
LeaderEisenhower
FaithConstructionist

Currencytoll
AnimalSuburban

The Dude Abides of I 5 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Eisenhower with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, devout population of 3.112 billion Highwaymen have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sacramento. The average income tax rate is 59.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Roadworthy economy, worth 316 trillion tolls a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 101,729 tolls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The old neighbourhood isn't how most Highwaymen remember it, there are no more heroes any more, it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies, and the government says that Possession is nine-tenths of the Lore. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. I 5's national animal is the Suburban, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Constructionist.

I 5 is ranked 144,686th in the world and 11th in California for Most Politically Free, scoring 41.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,971stLargest Mining Sector: 4,052ndNudest: 4,303rdMost Devout: 6,720thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,888thTop
10%
Most Avoided: 12,402ndLargest Black Market: 12,940thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,550thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,703rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,733rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,412thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,418thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,497th
Top
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : I 5's influence in California fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : I 5's influence in California fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and Most Developed.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare and Fattest Citizens.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : I 5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.

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