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The Dominion of Pantalm

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Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Iron Valley

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Pantalm

Population10.666 billion

CapitalNexus
LeaderUniversal AC
FaithHermeticism

Currencycredit
Animalnone

The Dominion of Pantalm is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Universal AC with an iron fist, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.666 billion subjects 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 large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nexus. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Human economy, worth a remarkable 5,120 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Tourism. 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 amazing 480,033 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The PBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Pantalm's national animal is the none, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hermeticism.

Pantalm is ranked 211,051st in the world and 1st in The Iron Valley for Nudest, with 11.25 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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1%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 52ndMost Devout: 56thMost Subsidized Industry: 58thHighest Poor Incomes: 66thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 85thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 108thLargest Welfare Programs: 110thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 160thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 193rdLargest Black Market: 198thHighest Average Incomes: 363rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 475thLargest Governments: 501stMost Corrupt Governments: 674thMost Armed: 867thMost Efficient Economies: 930thHighest Economic Output: 1,779thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,839thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,856thTop
5%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,231stLowest Crime Rates: 2,399thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,541stMost Cultured: 2,801stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,900thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,176thLargest Mining Sector: 5,153rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,866thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,503rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,731stMost Developed: 9,218thMost Stationary: 11,006thMost Authoritarian: 11,008thTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 12,727thMost Influential: 13,358thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,455thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,514thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,537thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,150th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pantalm was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, the PBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, parking's carefree without parking car fees.
  • : Pantalm was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, votes of no confidence regularly remove unwanted MPs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantalm, the new Human-made OS is buggier and more inconvenient than a horse-drawn carriage.

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