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Most Authoritarian: 3,491st Largest Populations: 7,264th Most Extreme: 8,768th
The Queen's State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Whatever Happens, Happens
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Struggling
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Queen's State of Desmonwood is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 14.009 billion Desmonwoodians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 88.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Desmonwoodian economy, worth 338 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 24,163 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

School uniforms are compulsory, none has been named as Desmonwood's national religion, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Desmonwood's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Desmonwood is ranked 163,132nd in the world and 1,358th in Ancient Lands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -11.31 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Authoritarian: 3,491stLargest Populations: 7,264thMost Extreme: 8,768thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,135thMost Income Equality: 11,412th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 24th in the regionSafest: 24th in the regionMost Income Equality: 53rd in the regionMost Devout: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 59th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 67th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 96th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 115th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Desmonwood was struck by a Cure Missile from The Queen's State of Elliston, curing 96 million infected.
  • : Desmonwood was struck by a Cure Missile from The Queen's State of Elliston, curing 244 million infected.
  • : Desmonwood was struck by a Cure Missile from The Queen's State of Elliston, curing 255 million infected.
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Desmonwood's influence in Ancient Lands rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian and Most Extreme and the Top 10% for Most Income Equality, Highest Average Tax Rates, and Largest Populations.
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Largest Public Transport Department.
  • : Desmonwood was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Highest Average Tax Rates.

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