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The Queen's State of Nyab

“For What It's Worth” the Governor

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: World



Population29.545 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor


The Queen's State of Nyab is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 29.545 billion Nyabians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, 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 Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 75.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Nyabian economy, worth 501 trillion betales 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, broadly diversified black market in Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 16,960 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, the military has quashed a recent coup attempt, Nyab has designated Capital Heights as its capital city, and The Governor has just been declared ruler of Nyab in an international press conference. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nyab's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Nyab is ranked 73,971st in the world and 1st in World for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 1,830.55 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Income Equality: 51stTop
Largest Populations: 2,190thMost Authoritarian: 2,906thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 12,579thMost Extreme: 13,124thMost Conservative: 18,756thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,485thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,679th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Nyab's influence in World rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Nyab's influence in World fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • : Nyab was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Nyab was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Nyab's influence in World rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Nyab was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Nyab's influence in World rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Nyab was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Nyab's influence in World rose from "Nipper" to "Truckler".
  • : Nyab relocated from Lazarus to World.