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The Confederacy of Sal Anderro

“Victory or Death!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Sal Anderro

Population382 million

CapitalCintante Dil Precidence

CurrencyAnderran Dollar
AnimalPacifican Killer Whale

The Confederacy of Sal Anderro is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, complete lack of prisons, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 382 million Sal Anderrans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cintante Dil Precidence. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 37.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Sal Anderran economy, worth 37.4 trillion Anderran Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 97,803 Anderran Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 391,801 per year while the poor average 16,381, a ratio of 23.9 to 1.

Plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news, Sal Anderrans incessantly needle their doctors for relief, and an increasingly villainous series of sports coaches are demanding the national mascot's true identity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sal Anderro's national animal is the Pacifican Killer Whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Sal Anderro is ranked 39,885th in the world and 1,227th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 120.06 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,896thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,779thMost Influential: 7,357thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,312thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,502ndMost Conservative: 12,397thLargest Retail Industry: 12,773rdMost Devout: 13,165thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,360th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 249th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 270th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 349th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 369th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 432nd in the regionMost Devout: 435th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 457th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 502nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 510th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 554th in the regionMost Influential: 571st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 585th in the regionLargest Black Market: 603rd in the regionMost Avoided: 607th in the regionMost Conservative: 609th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 635th in the regionMost Developed: 649th in the regionMost Extreme: 671st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, an increasingly villainous series of sports coaches are demanding the national mascot's true identity.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, Sal Anderrans incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Sal Anderro, the native owl population is in permanent hibernation.

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