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The Empire of Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus

“No Cooperation Without Contamination”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Cannibalism is not ok


Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus

Population2.518 billion

CapitalSwine Flu
LeaderThe One True Baker


The Empire of Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The One True Baker with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.518 billion Diseased Ones 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Swine Flu. The average income tax rate is 64.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Poenrevic economy, worth 118 trillion ducats a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 46,967 ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Prudishness is on the way out, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students, people take government jobs for the frequent flier miles, and betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus's national animal is the boar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Porcine Endogenous Retrovirus is ranked 176,227th in the world and 3rd in Cannibalism is not ok for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -6.24 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,946thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,129thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 21,571stBest Weather: 22,258th

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