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The Empire of Storm Gard

“There is always more mystery.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: The Local Cluster

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The Empire of Storm Gard is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 11.246 billion Storm Gardians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, pro-business government stops and the rest of society begins, but it concentrates mainly on Defence, although Education and Commerce are on the agenda. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Core Prime. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

The government snoops on private internet connections, Members of Parliament operate under a PAYE scheme, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, and manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a 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 12th in The Local Cluster and 14,491st in the world for Smartest Citizens, scoring 25 on the Average Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 23 hours ago

  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job.
  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, Members of Parliament operate under a PAYE scheme.
  • 7 days ago: Storm Gard's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • 8 days ago: Storm Gard's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • 11 days ago: Storm Gard's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Envoy" to "Duckspeaker".
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the government snoops on private internet connections.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Storm Gard, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths.

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