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The Empire of Duzels

“If love isn't working, you 're not using enough”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Pony Lands

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The Empire of Duzels is a massive, economically powerful nation, ruled by Commisar Sombrero with an iron fist, and notable for its punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.379 billion Duzelsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Law & Order, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Social Equality receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sombrero City. The average income tax rate is 68%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Tourism industry, followed by Information Technology and Gambling.

Duzels's schoolchildren are manufactured into a segregated bunch of soldiers, religious zealots, and computer technicians, notable individuals are granted land and titles, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Duzels Blood Tithe. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Duzels's national animal is the Pony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, its national religion is Ponyism, and its currency is the Bits.

Duzels is ranked 347th in Pony Lands and 86,882nd in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -9 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 17 hours ago

  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Duzels Blood Tithe.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, notable individuals are granted land and titles.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, Duzels's schoolchildren are manufactured into a segregated bunch of soldiers, religious zealots, and computer technicians.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, pro-democracy regime change has been avoided.
  • 3 days 11 hours ago: Duzels was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, citizens are tied down and forced to watch educational videos on empathy.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Duzels, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'.

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