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The Armed Republic of Scourbasth

“Pride and Industry”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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Scourbasth

Population857 million

CapitalRorschach

Currencysocial credit
Animalferal Human

The Armed Republic of Scourbasth is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, frequent executions, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 857 million Scourbasthians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rorschach. The average income tax rate is 23.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Scourbasthian economy, worth 67.5 trillion social credits a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is 78,815 social credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

A lack of funding for new shows has turned television into 24/7 re-runs, most people learn to drive on crash courses, the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street, and sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scourbasth's national animal is the feral Human, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Scourbasth is ranked 142,694th in the world and 5,563rd in Balder for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -7.75 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Avoided: 7,192ndTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9,886thMost Devout: 10,070thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,562ndLargest Mining Sector: 15,584th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 122nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 434th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Scourbasth was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Scourbasth was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street.
  • : Scourbasth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 10% for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, most people learn to drive on crash courses.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, a lack of funding for new shows has turned television into 24/7 re-runs.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, the term "Native Scourbasthian" has been redefined as anyone with the same skin color as the majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Scourbasth, only the brainiest citizens become academics.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » Onder Kelkia, Fooooooooo, and Alvalero.

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