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The Void Conglomerate of Sticks and Skulls

“The last motto was stupid.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: 10000 Islands

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The Void Conglomerate of Sticks and Skulls is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Wings of Aether with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed population of 4.5 billion Sticks and Skullsians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defence, and the Environment. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Icathia. The average income tax rate is 48%, 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.

Citizens must pay to enjoy Sticks and Skulls's pristine beaches, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Icathia Times is sold out, anti-government web sites are springing up, and naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sticks and Skulls's national animal is the Skeleton, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Wing Zero, and its currency is the Voidle.

Sticks and Skulls is ranked 505th in 10000 Islands and 70,549th in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -7 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 hours ago

  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure.
  • 1 day 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Icathia Times is sold out.
  • 5 days ago: Sticks and Skulls was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements (last census: Top 1%).
  • 5 days ago: Sticks and Skulls fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • 19 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, citizens must pay to enjoy Sticks and Skulls's pristine beaches.
  • 19 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, businesses are forced to bring all work back within the nation's borders.
  • 19 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, much of Sticks and Skulls's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • 19 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • 19 days ago: Sticks and Skulls endorsed The Ramifications of Goat Horns.

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