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The Holy Empire of Devoted Snails

“Everybody's mortal but me”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder

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The Holy Empire of Devoted Snails is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical population of 24.083 billion Devoted Snailsians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, socially-minded individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Law & Order, with areas such as Defence and Commerce receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Devoted Snails City. The average income tax rate is 1%, but much higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

The police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, poets and writers are regularly rounded up and shot for entertainment, and retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Devoted Snails's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, its national religion is Blind Devotion, and its currency is the Godly Shell.

Devoted Snails is ranked 104th in Balder and 3,710th in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 4 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 days ago

  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Authoritarian (last census: Top 1%).
  • 32 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Pacifist.
  • 37 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout (last census: Top 1%).
  • 37 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Devout.
  • 42 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Extreme.
  • 48 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • 57 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked #1 in the region for Best Weather (last census: Top 1%).
  • 61 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Largest Populations.
  • 62 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Happiest Citizens.
  • 68 days ago: Devoted Snails was ranked #1 in the region for Most Compassionate Citizens.

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by Max Barry

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