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The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan

“Under Her, all live and die, there is no greater honor.”

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

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Renegade Islands Alliance

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Itzlan

Population15.167 billion

CapitalEclipse Harbor
LeaderFirst Admiral Aslan
FaithThe Lunar Cult

CurrencySilver Fox
AnimalItzlanian Ice Fox

The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by First Admiral Aslan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, infamous sell-swords, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.167 billion Itzlani 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eclipse Harbor. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Itzlanian economy, worth a remarkable 4,532 trillion Silver Foxes 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 amazing 298,827 Silver Foxes, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

Kindergartners love the free balloons that their schools give them, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers, people can often be seen driving to work in war-surplus tanks, and wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Itzlan's national animal is the Itzlanian Ice Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Lunar Cult.

Itzlan is ranked 235,223rd in the world and 71st in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Politically Free, scoring 1.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Devout: 105thMost Corrupt Governments: 123rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 180thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 291stLargest Information Technology Sector: 354thMost Armed: 687thHighest Disposable Incomes: 770thLowest Crime Rates: 1,180thLargest Mining Sector: 1,357thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,964thHighest Average Incomes: 2,118thLargest Black Market: 2,199thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,264thHighest Economic Output: 2,395thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,500thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,785thMost Stationary: 5,708thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,254thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,955thMost Influential: 10,646thMost Authoritarian: 11,310thTop
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Largest Governments: 12,882ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,978thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,249thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,360thLargest Populations: 15,721stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,454thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,228thMost Efficient Economies: 17,965thMost Conservative: 21,451st
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, people can often be seen driving to work in war-surplus tanks.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, kindergartners love the free balloons that their schools give them.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the government has enacted freedom of information.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, diplomatic fallout tends to be much more dangerous than radioactive fallout.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the government funds large training centres to turn Itzlanian Ice Foxes into functioning members of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, academics are questioning the quality of the nation's newly-reprinted science textbooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, The Lunar Cult now admits men and women into its clergy.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, girls in elementary school classes gaze longingly at boys playing tag.

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