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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,044thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,537thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,931st
The Armed Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
We will endure
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Death and Its Friends

Population716 million

CapitalBunker 1

CurrencyDeath
AnimalGrim Reaper

The Armed Republic of Death and Its Friends is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 716 million Ones with Death are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bunker 1. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.1%.

The One with Death economy, worth 71.7 trillion Deaths 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. 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 an impressive 100,105 Deaths, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 326,153 per year while the poor average 23,130, a ratio of 14.1 to 1.

Citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, conflicted One with Death mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed, and if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... One with Death satellites can detect it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Death and Its Friends's national animal is the Grim Reaper, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Death and Its Friends is ranked 221,907th in the world and 5th in Greater Geekdom for Most Avoided, scoring 1.47 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,044thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,537thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,931stMost Patriotic: 5,950thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,761stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,355thLargest Mining Sector: 12,185thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,692ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,427thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,390thLargest Black Market: 18,105thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,203rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,657thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,847thMost Secular: 22,225thLargest Governments: 22,264thMost Conservative: 22,640thMost Authoritarian: 22,954thLowest Crime Rates: 23,845th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... One with Death satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, conflicted One with Death mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, children playing with walkie-talkies are told to 'get a job'.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, bilingual Ones with Death are viewed with suspicion.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the One With Death Colonial Thesaurus.
  • : Following new legislation in Death and Its Friends, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.

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