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The Armed Republic of NeoConcordia

“If all else fails, play dead.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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NeoConcordia

Population1.763 billion

CapitalCarcosa

Currencycredit
AnimalVorpal Bunny

The Armed Republic of NeoConcordia is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its public floggings, enslaved workforce, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.763 billion NeoConcordians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carcosa. The average income tax rate is 68.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse NeoConcordian economy, worth 252 trillion credits 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 impressive 143,124 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, slackers at work are told to "crack on with it", and police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. NeoConcordia's national animal is the Vorpal Bunny, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

NeoConcordia is ranked 132,230th in the world and 5,291st in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -60.97 on the Hayek Index.

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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,288thMost Influential: 2,741stMost Secular: 3,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,472ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 7,678thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,268thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,328thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,427thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,998thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,877thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,596thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,630thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,671stLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,918thHighest Average Incomes: 13,754thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,221stLargest Insurance Industry: 14,554thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,575th
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Largest Black Market: 119th in the regionMost Secular: 142nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 179th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 203rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 218th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 236th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 237th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 285th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 300th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 318th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 336th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 338th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 339th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 352nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 373rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 380th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 390th in the regionNudest: 396th in the regionLargest Governments: 435th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 445th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 469th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 497th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 522nd in the regionMost Cultured: 553rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, slackers at work are told to "crack on with it".
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, jail house rock has been replaced with jail house golden oldies.
  • : Following new legislation in NeoConcordia, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.

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