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The Socialist Tzardom of Waerham

“Unity, Strength, Sovereignty”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Balder



Population822 million

LeaderTzar Alexander Von Novoskayev

AnimalCarnivora Fortis

The Socialist Tzardom of Waerham is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Tzar Alexander Von Novoskayev with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 822 million Waers 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novoskayev. The average income tax rate is 71.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Waer economy, worth 13.9 trillion marks 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Retail, Book Publishing, and Gambling. 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 16,929 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Waerham has designated Novoskayev as its capital city and Tzar Alexander Von Novoskayev has been known to threaten dissenting citizens with a machine gun at press conferences. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Waerham's national animal is the Carnivora Fortis, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Waerham is ranked 78,671st in the world and 3,863rd in Balder for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 798.48 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Authoritarian: 2,591stMost Extreme: 7,338thMost Conservative: 7,398thTop
Most Income Equality: 10,421stMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,576th
Most Authoritarian: 60th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 97th in the regionMost Conservative: 234th in the regionMost Income Equality: 236th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 426th in the region

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