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The Borderlands of The Ghost Dragons

“To walk among giants”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Enadia

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The Ghost Dragons

Population629 million

CapitalUnity

CurrencyScales
AnimalDragon

The Borderlands of The Ghost Dragons is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 629 million Ghost Dragonians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Unity. The average income tax rate is 68.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Ghost Dragonian economy, worth 32.2 trillion Scaleses 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 Information Technology, Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 51,189 Scaleses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, the Dragon is a protected species, and landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ghost Dragons's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Ghost Dragons is ranked 28,436th in the world and 65th in Enadia for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 4,504.56 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,302ndNudest: 4,376thMost Influential: 7,306thTop
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Most Income Equality: 13,678thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,706thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,724thHighest Drug Use: 16,979thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,152nd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 21st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the region

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