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The Azunan Empire of Wecrein

“Man, some just want to watch your world burn”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Balder



Population2.436 billion

CapitalWecrein City


The Azunan Empire of Wecrein is a massive, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.436 billion Azunans 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wecrein City. The average income tax rate is 44.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Wecreinian economy, worth 61.4 trillion dollars 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, Beef-Based Agriculture, Cheese Exports, and Information Technology. 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 25,199 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Leader has just been declared ruler of Wecrein in an international press conference, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, throwing a sickie is a serious crime, and sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wecrein's national animal is the kitten, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Wecrein is ranked 36,407th in the world and 863rd in Balder for Most Extreme, scoring 30.32 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,667thMost Authoritarian: 12,771stMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,595thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,337th
Most Authoritarian: 388th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 400th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 551st in the region

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