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The Emirate of Stapleburg

“In Stapler we trust”

Category: Libertarian Police State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Austro Hungarian Imperium

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Stapleburg

Population391 million

CurrencyStaple
AnimalCicada

The Emirate of Stapleburg is a huge, safe nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 391 million Stapleburgians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The large, liberal, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 64.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Stapleburgian economy, worth 20.0 trillion Staples 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, broadly diversified black market in Woodchip Exports, Pizza Delivery, Uranium Mining, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 51,169 Staples, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Nuclear bases are readying themselves for missile deployment, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators, the weather in Stapleburg City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings', and movies depict muscle-bound women kicking down a titanium door to carry hysterical men to safety. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stapleburg's national animal is the Cicada, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Stapleburg is ranked 138,824th in the world and 109th in Austro Hungarian Imperium for Most Pro-Market, scoring -62.83 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,396thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,863rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,152nd
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Stapleburg's influence in Austro Hungarian Imperium fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, movies depict muscle-bound women kicking down a titanium door to carry hysterical men to safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, the weather in Stapleburg City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, nuclear bases are readying themselves for missile deployment.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, the nation's air missiles have killed thousands of Brasilistan military personnel.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, dessert dishes make up the Stapleburgian breakfast menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, it is a silent spring in Stapleburg.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in Stapleburg, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home.

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