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The Empire of Storm Gard

“In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: The Local Cluster

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The Empire of Storm Gard is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 11.683 billion Storm Gardians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, pro-business government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Defence, although Education and Commerce are secondary priorities. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Core Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

Several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest, insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways, and most people suffer from some form of hearing loss. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a serious problem. Storm Gard's national animal is the Monkey, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the Union Credit.

Storm Gard is ranked 11th in The Local Cluster and 3,852nd in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 269 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 hours ago

  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.
  • 9 days ago: Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Politically Free.
  • 12 days ago: Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • 14 days ago: Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Avoided.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, insurance companies charge extortionate premiums to cover homes near waterways.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, government police forces protect public schools from the threat of protest.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the government's new 'Crime Can Fight Itself' policy appears to be backfiring rather badly.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • 15 days ago: Storm Gard was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.

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