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The Dictatorship of Venom Bug

“Eat Chicken”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: East Pacific

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Venom Bug

Population256 million

CurrencyHuman blood
AnimalZombie Beetle

The Dictatorship of Venom Bug is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, complete lack of prisons, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 256 million Venom Bugians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 56.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Venom Bugian economy, worth 16.8 trillion Human bloods a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 65,456 Human bloods, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Leader, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Venom Bug, sushi is sold on the black market, and clergy never mention brand names for fear of losing their government subsidies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Venom Bug's national animal is the Zombie Beetle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Venom Bug is ranked 33,970th in the world and 9th in East Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 702.95 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Top
1%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 649thTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 10,772nd
Top
10%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, clergy never mention brand names for fear of losing their government subsidies.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, sushi is sold on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Venom Bug.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, police nightsticks see use all day long.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Venom Bug, there's a bright dawn ahead for Venom Bug.

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