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The Royal Government of Tropicon

“Unity from labor.” König Otto

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: New Western Empire

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Tropicon

Population6.219 billion

CapitalOttograd
LeaderKönig Otto
FaithReligion of personality

CurrencySmekel
AnimalEve

The Royal Government of Tropicon is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by König Otto with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.219 billion Tropiconians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ottograd. The average income tax rate is 80.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Tropiconian economy, worth 927 trillion Smekels 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, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 149,145 Smekels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes, top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists, women who display their ankles are shunned by society, and organ donation is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tropicon's national animal is the Eve and its national religion is Religion of personality.

Tropicon is ranked 35,688th in the world and 107th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 71.94 on the Human Development Index.

Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,880thMost Secular: 3,118thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,712thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,788thLargest Black Market: 3,875thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,131stMost Patriotic: 5,546thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,570thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,574thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,956thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,513thMost Conservative: 9,095thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,136thLargest Mining Sector: 10,257thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,380thMost Authoritarian: 11,163rdTop
10%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,020thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,204thHighest Average Incomes: 14,507thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,583rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,810thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,958thLowest Crime Rates: 15,338thLargest Governments: 16,147thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,869thHighest Economic Output: 20,451stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,678th
Top
5%
Most Conservative: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Secular: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tropicon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Tropicon's influence in New Western Empire rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, women who display their ankles are shunned by society.
  • : Tropicon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, billions of Smekels are being poured into a space program.
  • : Following new legislation in Tropicon, blessed are the meek for they have been beaten into submission.

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