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The International Grand Duchy of Sierra Grand

“Liberte, Egalite, Justice”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Amalgamated Federation

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Sierra Grand

Population1.298 billion

CapitalPort Elisabeth
LeaderSovereign Sierrite Ardal Leopold May
FaithSierra Laureate

CurrencyƩ Freedom World Credit
AnimalWhite Cockatoo

The International Grand Duchy of Sierra Grand is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Sovereign Sierrite Ardal Leopold May with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.298 billion Sierrese 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, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port Elisabeth. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Sierrese economy, worth 161 trillion Ʃ Freedom World Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 124,154 Ʃ Freedom World Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Monarchs only get custody of the royal crown on holidays and weekends, hostage-takers offer loyalty scheme points for prompt payment, all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion, and country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sierra Grand's national animal is the White Cockatoo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sierra Laureate.

Sierra Grand is ranked 194,513th in the world and 33rd in Amalgamated Federation for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 17,878.24 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,702ndNudest: 5,889thLowest Crime Rates: 7,069thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,238thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,493rdMost Corrupt Governments: 10,053rdHealthiest Citizens: 10,593rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,522ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,674thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,362ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,669thLargest Governments: 13,042ndSmartest Citizens: 14,249thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,615thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,526thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,650thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,543rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,655thMost Authoritarian: 21,192ndHighest Average Incomes: 21,853rd
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the region

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