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The Dictatorship of Ponos

“FREE SPEECH AND DEMOCRACY? WHAT?” Glorious ATOM

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Cannibalism is not ok

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Ponos

Population1.172 billion

CapitalBanter
LeaderGlorious ATOM
FaithWE LIVE IN A SIMULATION

CurrencyDrachma
AnimalEurasian Collared Dove

The Dictatorship of Ponos is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Glorious ATOM with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, avowedly heterosexual populace, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.172 billion 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, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Banter. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.2%.

The very strong Ponosian economy, worth 82.2 trillion Drachmas a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 70,160 Drachmas, with the richest citizens earning 8.7 times as much as the poorest.

Collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees, the nation is famous for bravely sending wave after wave of its soldiers until the enemy runs out of bullets, and government popup ads are springing up like weeds. 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 can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities, and its national religion is WE LIVE IN A SIMULATION.

Ponos is ranked 120,200th in the world and 3rd in Cannibalism is not ok for Most Extreme, scoring 15.97 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,542nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, government popup ads are springing up like weeds.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, the nation is famous for bravely sending wave after wave of its soldiers until the enemy runs out of bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, the nation's faithful often say there is a higher power watching over them.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, in court almost every witness is a hostile witness.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponos, widespread voter apathy has been credited to allegations that all candidates are puppets of Glorious ATOM.
  • : Ponos agreed to construct embassies between Cannibalism is not ok and Fredonia.
  • : Ponos's influence in Cannibalism is not ok fell from "Superpower" to "Power".

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