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The Drinarius Empire of The Desert Sands

“The owl's sharp cry echoes over this domain”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Osiris

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The Desert Sands

Population1.678 billion

Currencybaht
AnimalSnake

The Drinarius Empire of The Desert Sands is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its suspicion of poets. The hard-working population of 1.678 billion Desert Sandsians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 18.4%.

The Desert Sandsian economy, worth 91.6 trillion baht a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 54,613 baht, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Organ donation is compulsory, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, the nation is known abroad for fast food and nothing else, and the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Desert Sands's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Desert Sands is ranked 53,065th in the world and 1,241st in Osiris for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 82.98 on the Hayek Index.

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