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The Dancing in the Depths of Maniacal

“For every Goliath... there is a stone-filled trebuchet”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: Glass Gallows

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Maniacal

Population18.322 billion

CapitalSecret Lair of the Gallows
LeaderHorus Lupercal

Currencyspark
Animalvulture

The Dancing in the Depths of Maniacal is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Horus Lupercal with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.322 billion Maniacalians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The large, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Secret Lair of the Gallows. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Maniacalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,003 trillion sparks a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 109,344 sparks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 382,491 per year while the poor average 22,712, a ratio of 16.8 to 1.

Horus Lupercal has been declared supreme ruler for all eternity, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls, vulture racing stadiums are open 24/7, and EpiPen sales have skyrocketed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maniacal's national animal is the vulture, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Maniacal is ranked 5,813th in the world and 6th in Glass Gallows for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 12,317.77 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Top
5%
Fattest Citizens: 3,155thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,191stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,584thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,813thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,228thHighest Economic Output: 7,460thLargest Populations: 7,901stMost Stationary: 9,824thMost Influential: 10,162ndTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,364thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,188thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,343rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,893rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,198thMost Devout: 15,482ndLargest Black Market: 15,525thMost Pro-Market: 17,235thLargest Governments: 18,251stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,063rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,273rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,946thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,130th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Maniacal's influence in Glass Gallows fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Maniacal's influence in Glass Gallows rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Maniacal's influence in Glass Gallows fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Maniacal's influence in Glass Gallows rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Maniacal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.

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