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The Oppressed Peoples of The Gilded Star


Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Thalassia


The Gilded Star

Population1.925 billion


The Oppressed Peoples of The Gilded Star is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its infamous sell-swords, complete absence of social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.925 billion citizens 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. The average income tax rate is 64.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong a citizen economy, worth 273 trillion citizens 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 an impressive 141,910 citizens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, every worker receives exactly the same pay regardless of productivity, and wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The Gilded Star's national animal is the citizen, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Gilded Star is ranked 142,253rd in the world and 154th in Thalassia for Most Pro-Market, scoring -68 on the Rand Index.

Most Primitive: 397thMost Ignorant Citizens: 842ndTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,717thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,831stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,000thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,097thMost Avoided: 2,194thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,395thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,563rdMost Conservative: 2,601stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,812thLargest Mining Sector: 2,966thMost Devout: 3,593rdLargest Black Market: 4,054thMost Authoritarian: 5,023rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,290thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,403rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,102ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,790thMost Extreme: 12,650thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,197thHighest Average Incomes: 14,340th
Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the region

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