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The Holy Empire of Palpantive

“I love democracy.”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Independent Roleplayers Of Opressia

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Palpantive

Population1.005 billion

Currencyregion
Animalblack hawk

The Holy Empire of Palpantive is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.005 billion black hawks are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 61.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The raider economy, worth 58.6 trillion regions a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 58,275 regions, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance, and Leader has just been declared ruler of Palpantive in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Palpantive's national animal is the black hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Palpantive is ranked 188,744th in the world and 57th in The Independent Roleplayers Of Opressia for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -6.71 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Conservative: 8,983rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,082ndTop
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Safest: 12,499thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,471st
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Palpantive's influence in The Independent Roleplayers Of Opressia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Palpantive was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Palpantive, Leader has just been declared ruler of Palpantive in an international press conference.
  • : Following new legislation in Palpantive, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance.
  • : Following new legislation in Palpantive, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Palpantive, corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense.
  • : Following new legislation in Palpantive, retiring citizens are dragged away in the middle of the night by mysterious men in black suits.
  • : Palpantive's influence in The Independent Roleplayers Of Opressia rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Palpantive's influence in The Independent Roleplayers Of Opressia rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Palpantive was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.

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