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The Empire of Spereid

“War does not determine who is right. Only who is left.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Big Chungus Fans United



Population224 million


The Empire of Spereid is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 224 million Spereidians 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 67.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Spereidian economy, worth 4.37 trillion lashans 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, Tourism, and Information Technology. 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 19,494 lashans, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spereid's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Spereid is ranked 47,012th in the world and 1st in Big Chungus Fans United for Most Beautiful Environments, with 612.69 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Most Authoritarian: 1,000thTop
Most Conservative: 1,633rdMost Extreme: 4,407thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,541stTop
Most Income Equality: 7,755th

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