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The People's Republic of Teperkesi

“Əbədi birlik”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Institute of Cellulose



Population217 million

CurrencyTeperki Pul
AnimalTeperk Sand Cat

The People's Republic of Teperkesi is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, restrictive gun laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 217 million Teperstani 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 Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 70.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Teperki economy, worth 2.99 trillion Teperki Puls 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 Uranium Mining, Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, 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 13,776 Teperki Puls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anti-government demagogues have a devil of a time evading authorities, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, and a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Teperkesi's national animal is the Teperk Sand Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Teperkesi is ranked 171,997th in the world and 65th in Institute of Cellulose for Least Corrupt Governments, with 92.36 percentage of bribes refused.

Most Authoritarian: 4,944thMost Conservative: 6,666thMost Income Equality: 7,601stTop
Most Extreme: 25,630th
Most Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the region

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