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The Sleepy Floaty Isles of Dienes

“These fists were made for punching!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Wysteria

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The Sleepy Floaty Isles of Dienes is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by a lonely baker with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 21.225 billion Dienesians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Commerce, and the Environment. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hope. The average income tax rate is 71%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology industries.

Birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire, the government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces, wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby, and the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dienes's national animal is the Teddy Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, its national religion is watermelon juggling, and its currency is the Unicycle.

Dienes is ranked 16th in Wysteria and 1,548th in the world for Longest Average Lifespans, scoring 48 on the Enoch Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 1 day 9 hours ago

  • 3 hours ago: Dienes was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 1 day 3 hours ago: Dienes was reclassified from "Anarchy" to "Civil Rights Lovefest".
  • 1 day 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • 1 day 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby.
  • 1 day 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, the government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces.
  • 1 day 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • 1 day 9 hours ago: Dienes voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend McMasterdonia".
  • 3 days 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • 3 days 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Hope Times is sold out.
  • 3 days 3 hours ago: Following new legislation in Dienes, Dienes is building an army to protect its overseas territories.

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