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The Rogue Nation of Istillia

“Ubertas et Fidelitas”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The Black Hawks

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Istillia

Population1.561 billion

CapitalIstillia City

CurrencyDollerydoos
AnimalThylacine

The Rogue Nation of Istillia is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.561 billion Istillians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Istillia City. The average income tax rate is 48.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Istillian economy, worth 57.7 trillion Dollerydoos a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Pizza Delivery, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 36,993 Dollerydoos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents, Istillia City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, and the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Istillia's national animal is the Thylacine.

Istillia is ranked 147,864th in the world and 164th in The Black Hawks for Highest Drug Use, scoring 52.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 17,441stMost Pacifist: 19,838th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, Istillia City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, soldiers with colourful mohawks make themselves perfect targets for snipers.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, black market eau de toilette is made in bathroom labs across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, Istillian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Istillia, the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy.

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