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The United Kingdom of Praenestia

“Peace through Strength”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Praenestia

Population20.192 billion

CapitalPraenestiaopolis
LeaderPraenestis Leader
FaithUltra Catholicism

CurrencySesterces
AnimalDire Wolf

The United Kingdom of Praenestia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Praenestis Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.192 billion Praenestians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Praenestiaopolis. The average income tax rate is 16.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Praenestian economy, worth a remarkable 4,039 trillion Sesterceses a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 200,047 Sesterceses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nuclear physics is the most popular course at university, the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father, and contestants on Praenestia's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Praenestia's national animal is the Dire Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ultra Catholicism.

Praenestia is ranked 6,289th in the world and 351st in Lazarus for Highest Average Incomes, with 200,047.46 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 466thMost Devout: 667thLargest Black Market: 1,162ndMost Stationary: 1,348thTop
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Most Influential: 2,338thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,449thHighest Economic Output: 2,586thLowest Crime Rates: 2,621stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,723rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,779thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,144thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,193rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,499thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,440thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,550thMost Cultured: 4,741stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,520thLargest Populations: 6,142ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,289thHealthiest Citizens: 6,761stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,762ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,175thLargest Retail Industry: 7,342ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,649thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,591stMost Beautiful Environments: 10,727thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,187thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,527thMost Authoritarian: 12,789thBest Weather: 13,105thMost Developed: 13,476thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,790thLargest Governments: 13,823rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,467thLargest Mining Sector: 18,521stMost Efficient Economies: 19,761st
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1%
Most Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionMost Stationary: 34th in the regionMost Devout: 38th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 43rd in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 59th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 120th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 138th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 140th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 141st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 155th in the regionLargest Populations: 178th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 186th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 235th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 238th in the regionMost Cultured: 241st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 294th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 351st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 371st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 379th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 404th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 426th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 449th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 472nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 553rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 580th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 599th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 610th in the regionBest Weather: 759th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Praenestia was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of Ladandtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Praenestia, contestants on Praenestia's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Praenestia, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.
  • : Following new legislation in Praenestia, the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only.
  • : Following new legislation in Praenestia, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Praenestia, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Praenestia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Praenestia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Arbitration Act".
  • : Praenestia was endorsed by The Pernicious Plutocracy of Honeydewistania.
  • : Praenestia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Salaxalans".

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