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The Empire of United Irish States

“The Irish United for God, King, and Country”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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United Irish States

Population1.228 billion

CapitalDublin
LeaderTaoiseach Lawrence Murray
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyPunt
AnimalRed Deer

The Empire of United Irish States is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Taoiseach Lawrence Murray with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.228 billion United Irish Statesians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dublin. The average income tax rate is 50.0%.

The all-consuming United Irish Statesian economy, worth 131 trillion Punts a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 107,390 Punts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Mandatory neutering has made purebred dogs a thing of the past, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain, and most ambassadors from United Irish States retire only a few years after being appointed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. United Irish States's national animal is the Red Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

United Irish States is ranked 112,331st in the world and 4,531st in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 7.98 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,416thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,655thMost Influential: 4,158thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,242ndTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 8,905thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,116thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,337thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,587th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 247th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 256th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 273rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 282nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 428th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 437th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 475th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 499th in the regionLargest Black Market: 516th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, most ambassadors from United Irish States retire only a few years after being appointed.
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain.
  • : United Irish States was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan.
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, mandatory neutering has made purebred dogs a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, lawyers turn down litigation cases and corporate work in order to focus on lucrative public defence work.
  • : United Irish States was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : United Irish States was endorsed by The Queendom of Solega.
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, the nation is automatically assumed to be the source of all unmarked weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in United Irish States, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.

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