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The Kingdom of True Despair

“Fight the good fight!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific


True Despair

Population1.425 billion


Animalbrown bear

The Kingdom of True Despair is a massive, safe nation, notable for its frequent executions, triple-decker prams, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.425 billion True Despairians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trupair. The average income tax rate is 41.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The True Despairian economy, worth 90.4 trillion euros a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Cheese Exports, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 63,449 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons, when electric cars arrived nobody heard them coming, a new "thought police" branch is being developed, and dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. True Despair's national animal is the brown bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

True Despair is ranked 113,810th in the world and 5,777th in The North Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 44.97 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Influential: 4,284thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,863rdTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 14,180th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 566th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 667th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 740th in the region

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