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The Republic of Tenderroot

“We Will Endure”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Mappers Union

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Tenderroot

Population1.499 billion

Currencydollar
Animalgiraffe

The Republic of Tenderroot is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 1.499 billion Tenderrootians 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 48.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Tenderrootian economy, worth 11.9 trillion dollars 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, Beef-Based Agriculture, 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 7,966 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, military barracks resemble five-star hotels, male med students learning female anatomy do so with their eyes tightly closed, and a major religion has been named as Tenderroot's national religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tenderroot's national animal is the giraffe.

Tenderroot is ranked 224,925th in the world and 1st in The Mappers Union for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 348.26 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Authoritarian: 2,546thMost Income Equality: 3,199thMost Conservative: 9,118thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,920thTop
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Most Extreme: 15,966th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tenderroot was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Tenderroot was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, a major religion has been named as Tenderroot's national religion.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, male med students learning female anatomy do so with their eyes tightly closed.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, military barracks resemble five-star hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, elderly prisoners with severe dementia are reminded hourly that they are evil people by helpful nurse-wardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, brains have been removed from lists of best brain foods.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, Tenderroot has designated Tenderroot City as its capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in Tenderroot, Leader has just been declared ruler of Tenderroot in an international press conference.

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