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The Dictatorship of Ponos

“The ends justify the means.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Comintern Alliance

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Ponos

Population166 million

CurrencyDrachma
AnimalEurasian Collared Dove

The Dictatorship of Ponos is a very large, orderly nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 166 million Ponosians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 46.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Ponosian economy, worth 7.82 trillion Drachmas a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 47,090 Drachmas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ponosian companies generally just fire employees in lieu of giving them vacation, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, and government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ponos's national animal is the Eurasian Collared Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ponos is ranked 99,068th in the world and 2nd in The Comintern Alliance for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 34.06 on the Hayek Index.

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5%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,572nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponos's influence in The Comintern Alliance fell from "Superpower" to "Power".
  • : Ponos's influence in The Comintern Alliance rose from "Power" to "Superpower".
  • : Ponos's influence in The Comintern Alliance rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Ponos's influence in The Comintern Alliance fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Ponos's influence in The Comintern Alliance rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals.
  • : Ponos was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, Ponosian companies generally just fire employees in lieu of giving them vacation.

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