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The Home Minister of Ichu

“Sweden has been saved.” Yodle

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

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Sweden

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Ichu

Population7.746 billion

CapitalBahia
LeaderYodle
FaithYodlism

CurrencyCoin
Animaleagle

The Home Minister of Ichu is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Yodle with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, compulsory military service, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.746 billion Ichuans 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized morass — is primarily concerned with Law & Order, with Industry, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahia. The average income tax rate is 97.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ichuan economy, worth a remarkable 1,273 trillion Coins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, Woodchip Exports, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 164,345 Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study, and science labs across the country languish in cobwebs as the government turns its attentions to spiritual matters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ichu's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Yodlism.

Ichu is ranked 169,217th in the world and 14th in Sweden for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -28.84 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7thMost Primitive: 137thMost Ignorant Citizens: 253rdMost Subsidized Industry: 356thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,026thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,026thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,152ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,526thLargest Black Market: 1,527thTop
5%
Lowest Crime Rates: 1,723rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,345thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,380thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,547thLargest Mining Sector: 3,739thLargest Governments: 4,073rdNudest: 4,623rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,520thMost Devout: 5,772ndBest Weather: 6,057thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 9,882ndHighest Poor Incomes: 9,908thMost Pacifist: 10,120thHighest Economic Output: 11,015thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,693rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,929thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,440th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ichu was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Ichu was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Ichu was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Ichu was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Ichu was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Ichu, science labs across the country languish in cobwebs as the government turns its attentions to spiritual matters.
  • : Following new legislation in Ichu, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study.
  • : Following new legislation in Ichu, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
  • : Following new legislation in Ichu, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Ichu, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony.

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