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The Guardianship of Saints Maleficent and Ravenna

“Господі, помилуі наші мѣмы!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: One big Island

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Saints Maleficent and Ravenna

Population2.081 billion

CapitalÁrheimar
LeaderHH Metropolitan Theophany I of All Goths

Currencymark
Animalraven

The Guardianship of Saints Maleficent and Ravenna is a massive, safe nation, ruled by HH Metropolitan Theophany I of All Goths with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The cynical population of 2.081 billion Goths 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 large, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Árheimar. The average income tax rate is 41.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Gothic economy, worth 51.3 trillion marks 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, and Retail. 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 24,658 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, Saints Maleficent and Ravenna has designated Árheimar as its capital city, and HH Metropolitan Theophany I of All Goths has been known to threaten dissenting citizens with a machine gun at press conferences. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saints Maleficent and Ravenna's national animal is the raven, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Saints Maleficent and Ravenna is ranked 236,406th in the world and 38th in One big Island for Highest Drug Use, scoring 3.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Conservative: 3,778thMost Authoritarian: 3,802ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,584thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,226thMost Extreme: 17,918thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 23,335th
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Most Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the region

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