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The Colony of SkyDrex

“Iunctus Stamus”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the Rejected Realms

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SkyDrex

Population4.437 billion

CurrencySkynote
AnimalPolar Bear

The Colony of SkyDrex is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The democratic population of 4.437 billion SkyDrexians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 68.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped SkyDrexian economy, worth 86.6 trillion Skynotes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Cheese Exports, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 19,513 Skynotes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators, and it's rumored that Marche Noire knows what the nation's generals eat for breakfast. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SkyDrex's national animal is the Polar Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

SkyDrex is ranked 151,916th in the world and 4,619th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 882.33 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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