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The Kingdom of The Proboscis Tribe

“You know what they say about big noses”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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The Proboscis Tribe

Population2.992 billion

CapitalBantam Village

CurrencySeashells
Animalproboscis monkey

The Kingdom of The Proboscis Tribe is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its teetotalling pirates, fear of technology, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.992 billion Proboscis Tribeans 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bantam Village. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.0%.

The strong Proboscis Tribean economy, worth 165 trillion Seashells a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Basket Weaving industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,480 Seashells, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 159,526 per year while the poor average 15,334, a ratio of 10.4 to 1.

Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks", colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Proboscis Tribean Liberator", there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Proboscis Tribean military, and academics are questioning the quality of the nation's newly-reprinted science textbooks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The Proboscis Tribe's national animal is the proboscis monkey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Proboscis Tribe is ranked 70,430th in the world and 2,930th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,445.64 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
1%
Most Primitive: 170thMost Ignorant Citizens: 359thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,068thMost Devout: 1,071stTop
5%
Best Weather: 3,483rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,842ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,172ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,274thMost Authoritarian: 5,119thNudest: 5,231stMost Conservative: 5,898thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,095thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,608thLargest Black Market: 8,037thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,429thTop
10%
Most Influential: 10,563rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,011thMost Extreme: 17,690thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,644th
Top
1%
Most Primitive: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 28th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 45th in the regionTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 115th in the regionBest Weather: 116th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 136th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 148th in the regionNudest: 173rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 180th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 202nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 219th in the regionLargest Black Market: 239th in the regionMost Conservative: 266th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the regionMost Extreme: 359th in the regionTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 505th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 576th in the regionMost Stationary: 655th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, academics are questioning the quality of the nation's newly-reprinted science textbooks.
  • : The Proboscis Tribe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Proboscis Tribean military.
  • : The Proboscis Tribe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Proboscis Tribean Liberator".
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks".
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, artists are pillars of society.
  • : The Proboscis Tribe's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators.
  • : Following new legislation in The Proboscis Tribe, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Proboscis Tribeans any less frightened.

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