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The People's Republic of Padfootia II

“Pride and Padfoot”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Area 51


Padfootia II

Population95 million


The People's Republic of Padfootia II is a large, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The cynical population of 95 million Padfootians 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 enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 66.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Padfootian economy, worth 2.48 trillion XPS 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. 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 26,063 XPS, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Padfootians are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers, and citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Padfootia II's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Padfootia II is ranked 165,883rd in the world and 2nd in The Area 51 for Most Developed, scoring 39.07 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,984th

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