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The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

“Now Thatís a lot of Damage”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Labyrinth


Swiftlandian Peoples Republic

Population377 million


CurrencyFlex Tape
AnimalNuclear Radiated Cat

The Dictatorship of Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 377 million Swiftlandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PhilPort. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 65.4%.

The powerhouse Swiftlandian Peoples Republician economy, worth 47.8 trillion Flex Tapes 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. 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 an impressive 126,921 Flex Tapes, with the richest citizens earning 9.4 times as much as the poorest.

Children deemed 'disorderly' or otherwise unfit for public schools are shipped off to military academies, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, children's books regularly feature formerly distressed damsels suing their princes, and it is broadly agreed that tramp stamps are criminally undesirable. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Swiftlandian Peoples Republic's national animal is the Nuclear Radiated Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Swiftlandian Peoples Republic is ranked 31,671st in the world and 49th in The Labyrinth for Most Extreme, scoring 31.71 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 982ndMost Primitive: 1,620thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,241stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,591stMost Armed: 2,748thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,353rdMost Avoided: 3,523rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,838thNudest: 4,076thFattest Citizens: 4,568thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,050thMost Conservative: 5,868thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,140thTop
Most Authoritarian: 11,095thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,839thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,179thLargest Retail Industry: 13,708thMost Devout: 13,800thLargest Black Market: 14,157thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,365thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,601stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,632ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,137thHighest Average Incomes: 19,794thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,961st
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Conservative: 16th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the region

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