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The Nova Queensland of Mrs Round

“Liberty & Justice for all!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus

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Mrs Round

Population23.18 billion

CapitalIstalia City

CurrencyGolden Cheese Nugget
AnimalHorse

The Nova Queensland of Mrs Round is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 23.18 billion Mrs Roundians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Industry, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Istalia City. The average income tax rate is 86.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Mrs Roundian economy, worth 726 trillion Golden Cheese Nuggets a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Automobile Manufacturing 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. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 31,346 Golden Cheese Nuggets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mrs Round has designated Istalia City as its capital city, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages, the government pours millions of Golden Cheese Nuggets into rehabilitation programs annually, and motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mrs Round's national animal is the Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mrs Round is ranked 30,206th in the world and 1,540th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,614.15 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Income Equality: 15thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 6,641stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,811thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,894thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,381stTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 17,056thLargest Black Market: 18,520thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,856thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,893rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25,335th
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Most Income Equality: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Populations: 181st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 414th in the regionMost Extreme: 474th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 526th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 580th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 596th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 621st in the regionMost Stationary: 632nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mrs Round's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Mrs Round's influence in Lazarus fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : Mrs Round's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Mrs Round's influence in Lazarus fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : Mrs Round's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Mrs Round was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Mrs Round was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Mrs Round was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Mrs Round was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Zombified.
  • : Mrs Round was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The New Federation of Kryansk, infecting 76 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!

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