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The Kingdom of The Collectives

“Welcome to the Collection.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Illuminati

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The Collectives

Population331 million

Currencyblood toll
Animaldemon

The Kingdom of The Collectives is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its enslaved workforce, feral children, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 331 million Collectivesians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.7%.

The powerhouse Collectivesian economy, worth 24.4 trillion blood tolls a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 73,771 blood tolls, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 406,703 per year while the poor average 6,771, a ratio of 60.1 to 1.

Society has literally been thrown to the wolves, angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason, many believe that you can't repeat history's mistakes if you don't care what they were, and the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Collectives's national animal is the demon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Collectives is ranked 108,984th in the world and 10th in The Illuminati for Most Influential, scoring 101 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4,608thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,805thMost Avoided: 8,064thFattest Citizens: 9,186thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,335thTop
10%
Most Conservative: 13,688thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,852ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,676thLargest Retail Industry: 16,117thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,122ndMost Armed: 18,873rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,894th
Top
10%
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, many believe that you can't repeat history's mistakes if you don't care what they were.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason.
  • : The Collectives was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens, Largest Soda Pop Sector, and Fattest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Armed and Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, society has literally been thrown to the wolves.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, a chain of pubs that cater solely to children has recently been unveiled.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Collectivesian bee.
  • : Following new legislation in The Collectives, vats of anabolic steroids are being dumped into the ocean to make Collectivesian mussels the biggest in The Illuminati.

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