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The Arab Republic of Puetavisa

“More like.. “Weapons of Mass Annexation!”” Emir Hannibal al-Sa'id

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: Ciede

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Puetavisa

Population5.825 billion

CapitalTazadahara
LeaderEmir Hannibal al-Sa'id
FaithRed Islamism

Currencyaldhiyb
Animalcamel

The Arab Republic of Puetavisa is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emir Hannibal al-Sa'id with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, soft-spoken computers, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.825 billion rafiqs are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tazadahara. The average income tax rate is 67.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Puetavistan economy, worth a remarkable 1,120 trillion aldhiybs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 192,323 aldhiybs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Most rafiqs would sell their own grandmother, people are more interested in gossip about the private lives of politicians than their policies, the new Really Big Telescope has been praised for presenting pictures of bright dots in unprecedented detail, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Puetavisa's national animal is the camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Red Islamism.

Puetavisa is ranked 198,143rd in the world and 1st in Ciede for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -57.11 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,358thLargest Black Market: 2,714thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,067thLargest Mining Sector: 3,604thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,671stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,729thMost Devout: 3,836thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,925thMost Avoided: 4,519thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,762ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,998thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,533rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,007thMost Conservative: 9,477thLargest Retail Industry: 10,382ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,602ndTop
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Most Authoritarian: 11,915thFattest Citizens: 12,069thLowest Crime Rates: 13,276thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,718thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,743rdMost Efficient Economies: 15,091stHighest Economic Output: 15,175thMost Developed: 16,187thLargest Governments: 16,368thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,217thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,401st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Puetavisa lodged a message on the Lorania Regional Message Board.
  • : Puetavisa lodged a message on the Lorania Regional Message Board.
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Puetavisa's influence in Ciede rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".

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