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The Dictatorship of Where the dead live

“Fear democracy”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus


Where the dead live

Population8.02 billion

CapitalKim Il Sung City
LeaderKim Il Sung


The Dictatorship of Where the dead live is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Kim Il Sung with an iron fist, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.02 billion Where the dead liveans 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, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kim Il Sung City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Where the dead livean economy, worth a remarkable 4,445 trillion Yuan 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 a breathtaking 554,281 Yuan, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

200 mph car chases are a frequent sight on the otherwise empty motorways, organ donation is compulsory, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, and small shoes often wash up on the beach. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Where the dead live's national animal is the Dingo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Juche.

Where the dead live is ranked 406th in the world and 16th in Lazarus for Largest Governments, scoring 75.09 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31stMost Corrupt Governments: 54thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 59thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 91stHighest Poor Incomes: 112thHighest Average Incomes: 196thMost Secular: 196thLowest Crime Rates: 231stLargest Agricultural Sector: 268thLargest Black Market: 272ndLargest Governments: 406thHighest Average Tax Rates: 521stLargest Mining Sector: 800thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 825thLongest Average Lifespans: 897thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,365thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,460thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,648thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,064thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,080thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,289thHealthiest Citizens: 2,496thMost Developed: 2,948thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,115thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,696thMost Efficient Economies: 3,956thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,062ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,265thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,910thNudest: 6,163rdMost Conservative: 6,440thRudest Citizens: 6,865thSmartest Citizens: 7,434thMost Authoritarian: 8,254thBest Weather: 8,522ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,836thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,435thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,623rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,279thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,625thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,763rdLargest Welfare Programs: 18,727th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 31st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 63rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 64th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 67th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 109th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 132nd in the regionMost Developed: 136th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 159th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 181st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 193rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 243rd in the regionMost Conservative: 260th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 262nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 286th in the regionNudest: 308th in the regionRudest Citizens: 323rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 329th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 364th in the regionMost Stationary: 398th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 431st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 485th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 493rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 497th in the regionMost Extreme: 532nd in the regionMost Influential: 569th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 572nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 650th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 701st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, small shoes often wash up on the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, 200 mph car chases are a frequent sight on the otherwise empty motorways.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Where the dead live, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field.


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