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The Empire of Pax Operia

“Do, or don't, no in between.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Struggling
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Pax Operia

Population603 million

CapitalYoupon

CurrencyShard
AnimalQuelea

The Empire of Pax Operia is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 603 million Operians 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Youpon. The average income tax rate is 68.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Pax Operian economy, worth 12.0 trillion Shards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 19,925 Shards, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader has no checks and balances after the upper house was abolished, young girls aren't having a ball but they are enjoying themselves, Pax Operia has designated Youpon as its capital city, and top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pax Operia's national animal is the Quelea, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pax Operia is ranked 160,388th in the world and 4,581st in the Rejected Realms for Fattest Citizens, with 8.83 Obesity Rate.

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Most Authoritarian: 2,670thMost Income Equality: 7,449thMost Conservative: 7,556thTop
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Most Extreme: 13,244thMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,792ndSafest: 15,706th
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Most Authoritarian: 89th in the regionMost Income Equality: 181st in the regionMost Conservative: 235th in the regionMost Extreme: 243rd in the regionSafest: 297th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 446th in the region

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