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The Dictatorship of Theennerla Island

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Forest

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Theennerla Island

Population7.799 billion

CapitalFortress City

Currencydollar
Animaleagle

The Dictatorship of Theennerla Island is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.799 billion Theennerla Islandians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fortress City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Theennerla Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,560 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 328,261 dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,626,875 per year while the poor average 9,581, a ratio of 274 to 1.

The word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Theennerla Islandian Colonial Thesaurus, royal mothers are increasingly sidelined as news crews strain for interviews and photoshoots with "the hot nanny", the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Theennerla Island" on tails, and one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Leader's office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Theennerla Island's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Theennerla Island is ranked 158,699th in the world and 323rd in Forest for Highest Drug Use, scoring 47.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 278thFattest Citizens: 296thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 335thMost Avoided: 348thLargest Retail Industry: 475thMost Corrupt Governments: 558thHighest Disposable Incomes: 590thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 619thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 628thLargest Insurance Industry: 790thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 804thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 895thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 917thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 955thMost Secular: 1,133rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,351stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,546thMost Armed: 1,546thHighest Average Incomes: 1,574thMost Efficient Economies: 1,606thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,705thRudest Citizens: 1,913thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,939thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,126thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,228thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,649thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,899thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,146thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,732ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,193rdHighest Economic Output: 5,930thLargest Governments: 6,143rdLargest Black Market: 6,734thLowest Crime Rates: 8,103rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,360thMost Conservative: 10,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,578thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 13,759thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,508th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 38th in the regionMost Extreme: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Leader's office.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Theennerla Island" on tails.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, royal mothers are increasingly sidelined as news crews strain for interviews and photoshoots with "the hot nanny".
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Theennerla Islandian Colonial Thesaurus.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, laborers are building walls and making Wezeltonia pay for it.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, the flight attendant who draws the short straw is on "cockpit bucket duty".
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, children as young as eight can be found working in factories.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, when you fly on Air Theennerla Island you win a seat or you die.
  • : Following new legislation in Theennerla Island, Leader has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.

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