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The Benevolent Utopia of Upper Northeast Corner

“Fight for benevolence! Or else!”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: XS IV

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Upper Northeast Corner

Population3.685 billion

CapitalSoft Tyranny
LeaderBlue Leader
FaithVague Spiritual Feelings

Currencyblue nugget
Animalblue dragon

The Benevolent Utopia of Upper Northeast Corner is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Blue Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of prisons, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.685 billion Unexians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Industry, although Defense and Administration are also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Soft Tyranny. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Unexian economy, worth 674 trillion blue nuggets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 182,939 blue nuggets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,315,985 per year while the poor average 8,191, a ratio of 160 to 1.

Concert pianists lie about their occupation to avoid ridicule, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents, the government regularly crumbles under the pressure of terrorists, and the Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Upper Northeast Corner's national animal is the blue dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Vague Spiritual Feelings.

Upper Northeast Corner is ranked 296,058th in the world and 7th in XS IV for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -12.25 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
1%
Most Extreme: 9thHighest Drug Use: 262ndHighest Crime Rates: 664thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 877thMost Armed: 953rdFattest Citizens: 1,077thMost Avoided: 1,207thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,241stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,493rdMost Pro-Market: 1,550thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,604thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,612thLargest Retail Industry: 1,678thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,229thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,802ndLargest Gambling Industry: 2,992ndTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 4,129thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,733rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,791stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,529thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,800thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,561stMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,164thHighest Average Incomes: 12,804thLargest Mining Sector: 13,515thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,104thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,200thTop
10%
Nudest: 15,268thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,147thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,670thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,761stMost Ignorant Citizens: 22,250thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,457thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,658thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27,367th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, the Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, the government regularly crumbles under the pressure of terrorists.
  • : Upper Northeast Corner was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Upper Northeast Corner was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, concert pianists lie about their occupation to avoid ridicule.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, the restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Unexian Navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Northeast Corner, classes at Soft Tyranny University get canceled on Brancaland's Independence Day.

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