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The Unidentifiable Power of The Metrons

“The winner will go his way, the loser will be destroyed”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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The Metrons

Population2.152 billion

CapitalThe Arena
LeaderA Young Blond Boy in a White Shift

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalAlien Raider

The Unidentifiable Power of The Metrons is a massive, safe nation, ruled by A Young Blond Boy in a White Shift with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, state-planned economy, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, devout population of 2.152 billion Metrons are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Arena. The average income tax rate is 46.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Metron economy, worth 58.7 trillion Federation Credits 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 black market in Retail, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, 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 27,279 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, proletariat workers identify less with the hammer and sickle and more with the touchscreen and phone charger, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, and politicians look weirdly alike. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Metrons's national animal is the Alien Raider, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Metrons is ranked 89,827th in the world and 50th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 1,058.92 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,209thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,360thMost Income Equality: 18,506th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, politicians look weirdly alike.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, proletariat workers identify less with the hammer and sickle and more with the touchscreen and phone charger.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, intelligence agencies frequently invite passers-by into their secret vaults for tea and biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, the justice of The Metrons is considered superior to that of other nations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in The Metrons, Amnesty Interregional has condemned The Metrons for ignoring crimes against humanity.

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