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Most Conservative: 641stMost Authoritarian: 2,387thMost Secular: 3,270th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Do not question the higher ones
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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4th Pulsar

Population412 million

CapitalCentral Pulsar

Currencypoint
Animaleye of the knowing

The Empire of 4th Pulsar is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, parental licensing program, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 412 million lower ones 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central Pulsar. The average income tax rate is 75.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The lower one economy, worth 24.3 trillion points 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 58,861 points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many politicians are serving jail time for minor drug offenses, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Central Pulsar, and only the brainiest citizens become academics. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 4th Pulsar's national animal is the eye of the knowing, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

4th Pulsar is ranked 20,433rd in the world and 16th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,249.7 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Conservative: 641stTop
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Most Authoritarian: 2,387thMost Secular: 3,270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,324thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,727thTop
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Most Extreme: 12,336thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,044thLowest Crime Rates: 17,443rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,160thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,402ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 19,439thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,784thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,433rd
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Most Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 4th Pulsar was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector and Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, only the brainiest citizens become academics.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Central Pulsar.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, many politicians are serving jail time for minor drug offenses.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, aides are afraid to ask if Leader wants a cup of tea or coffee.
  • : 4th Pulsar changed its national capital to "Central Pulsar".
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, 4th Pulsar has designated Central Pulsar as its capital city.
  • : 4th Pulsar was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in 4th Pulsar, citizens are told that foreigners are hungry ghosts who eat the flesh of the overly curious.

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