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The Queendom of Iscos

“State”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Missouri

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Iscos

Population8.495 billion

CapitalCapital Heights

Currencybetale
Animaldeer

The Queendom of Iscos is a colossal, safe nation, renowned for its public floggings, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The cynical population of 8.495 billion Iscosians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Public Transport, Welfare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 74.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Iscosian economy, worth 35.6 trillion betales 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, broadly diversified black market in Basket Weaving, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Soda 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 4,190 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, cars are banned, and Iscos has designated Capital Heights as its capital city. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iscos's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Iscos is ranked 59,770th in the world and 2nd in Missouri for Most Devout, with 232.05 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most Extreme: 23rdMost Authoritarian: 98thMost Conservative: 152ndMost Income Equality: 293rdTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 5,828th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iscos's influence in Missouri rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Iscos's influence in Missouri rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Iscos's influence in Missouri rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Iscos's influence in Missouri rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Iscos's influence in Missouri rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".
  • : Iscos relocated from Purgatory to Missouri.
  • : Iscos's influence in Purgatory rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Iscos's influence in Purgatory rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Iscos's influence in Purgatory rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Iscos's influence in Purgatory rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".

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