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The Empire of Tan Talaba

“Strength through Glory And Glory through conquest.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Tan Talaba

Population888 million

CapitalVal Stak
LeaderWarmaster Kain

CurrencyBullet
AnimalPanzer

The Empire of Tan Talaba is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Warmaster Kain with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 888 million Tan Talabans 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Val Stak. The average income tax rate is 79.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Tan Talaban economy, worth 109 trillion Bullets a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,172 Bullets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on Warmaster Kain's desk, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, and fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tan Talaba's national animal is the Panzer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Tan Talaba is ranked 13,422nd in the world and 42nd in The Free Nations Region for Highest Poor Incomes, with 89,809.33 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Armed: 3,234thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,754thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,934thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,033rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,444thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,114thMost Influential: 6,740thMost Devout: 7,242ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,052ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,188thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,525thTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 11,721stMost Authoritarian: 12,990thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,422ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,879thLargest Governments: 15,460thLargest Black Market: 16,477thLowest Crime Rates: 18,078thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,698thMost Conservative: 18,771stMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,965thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,271stBest Weather: 20,333rdHighest Average Incomes: 21,556thMost Ignorant Citizens: 22,220th
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Most Armed: 3rd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionTop
10%
Most Devout: 25th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Conservative: 36th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 39th in the regionMost Extreme: 40th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 49th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on Warmaster Kain's desk.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, contestants on Tan Talaba's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, shaken martini sales have soared in nations surrounding Tan Talaba.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, children are encouraged to fail at school so as not to appear too enlightened.
  • : Tan Talaba was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and the Top 10% for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Tan Talaba, nudity is frowned upon.

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