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The Master Pollster of Knechting

“Enter if you dare!” The Master

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: International Debating Area



Population5.556 billion

LeaderThe Master


The Master Pollster of Knechting is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Master with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, infamous sell-swords, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.556 billion Slaves are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality, Environment, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Versklavung. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The strong Enslaved economy, worth 677 trillion Regrets a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Arms Manufacturing industry. Average income is an impressive 121,932 Regrets, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

Voodoo economists believe that feeding criminals to volcanoes will bring untold riches to Knechting, being able to unblock a u-bend pipe is considered a universally essential skill, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Knechting's national animal is the Monster, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Slavism.

Knechting is ranked 236,823rd in the world and 10th in International Debating Area for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring -25.92 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 311thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 575thMost Devout: 621stMost Ignorant Citizens: 758thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,111thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,097thBest Weather: 2,130thLargest Black Market: 2,253rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,746thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,498thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,363rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,909thMost Conservative: 7,542ndMost Authoritarian: 7,555thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,069thLowest Crime Rates: 8,969thLargest Governments: 9,627thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,799thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,853rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,506thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19,467thMost Extreme: 19,553rdHighest Average Incomes: 21,708thMost Subsidized Industry: 22,351st
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the region

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