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The Associated States of Pautain

“Liberta et segurita ”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population17.477 billion

LeaderRobèr Hèrnan-Alvarao


The Associated States of Pautain is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Robèr Hèrnan-Alvarao with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 17.477 billion Pautainians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hâtème. The average income tax rate is 35.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pautainian economy, worth a remarkable 7,917 trillion centièrés 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. 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 453,008 centièrés, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, getting an autograph has become harder than ever, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors, and citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims. Crime is totally unknown. Pautain's national animal is the bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pautain is ranked 1,077th in the world and 33rd in the Rejected Realms for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 14,141.28 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 119thHighest Poor Incomes: 160thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 166thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 242ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 263rdLargest Insurance Industry: 285thLargest Black Market: 415thHighest Average Incomes: 459thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 618thHighest Disposable Incomes: 683rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 729thHighest Economic Output: 732ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 799thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,024thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,077thLargest Mining Sector: 1,125thMost Cultured: 1,327thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,483rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,723rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,751stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,807thSmartest Citizens: 1,923rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,934thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,970thMost Developed: 2,238thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,252ndTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,632ndLargest Governments: 3,295thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,522ndMost Secular: 4,263rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,381stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,160thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,380thMost Avoided: 5,429thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,475thMost Inclusive: 5,476thLowest Crime Rates: 5,587thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,698thFattest Citizens: 6,695thLargest Populations: 9,214thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,509thMost Stationary: 11,158thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,758thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,105thMost Influential: 17,390thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,945thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,569th
Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 31st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 36th in the regionMost Cultured: 38th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 59th in the regionMost Developed: 61st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 71st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 72nd in the regionLargest Governments: 89th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 101st in the regionMost Stationary: 104th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 110th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 115th in the regionMost Inclusive: 119th in the regionMost Secular: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 130th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 134th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 136th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 141st in the regionLargest Populations: 156th in the regionMost Avoided: 178th in the regionFattest Citizens: 180th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 225th in the regionMost Influential: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 306th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 338th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 440th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 467th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 562nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pautain was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Pautain was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed and the Top 5% for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Hâtème.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Pautain, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.


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