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The Fiefdom of Pleasures Island

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Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Pacific

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The Fiefdom of Pleasures Island is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, parental licensing program, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.516 billion Pleasures Islandians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pleasures Island City. The average income tax rate is 11.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Pleasures Islandian economy, worth 349 trillion psis 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 large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Trout Farming, Book Publishing, Gambling, 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 41,057 psis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines, Pleasures Island's soft-touch approach to diplomacy has made it known as the 'push-over' of the region, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded, and vets have been drafted in to help "fix" those who fail the parental license exam. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pleasures Island's national animal is the human, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a major religion.

Pleasures Island is ranked 3,898th in the Pacific and 101,018th in the world for Largest Public Transport Department, scoring 0 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 days ago

  • 6 days ago: Pleasures Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments (last census: Top 1%).
  • 10 days ago: Pleasures Island fell out of the regional Top 10% for Fastest-Growing Economies.
  • 12 days ago: Pleasures Island was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, vets have been drafted in to help "fix" those who fail the parental license exam.
  • 13 days ago: Pleasures Island was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • 13 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, Pleasures Island's soft-touch approach to diplomacy has made it known as the 'push-over' of the region.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • 17 days ago: Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, jails have become colloquially known as 'vampire houses'.

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