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Most Efficient Economies: 153rd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 293rd Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 377th
The Grand Stratocracy of
Father Knows Best State
If friendship isn't working, you 're not using enough
Commisar Sombrero
Regional Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Grand Stratocracy of Duzels is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Commisar Sombrero with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, rampant corporate plagiarism, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.829 billion Duzelsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sombrero City. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Duzelsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,896 trillion Bitss 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Gambling. 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 amazing 242,296 Bitss, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, Duzelsian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, and Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Duzels's national animal is the Pony, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Ponyism.

Duzels is ranked 171,446th in the world and 128th in Pony Lands for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -8.69 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 153rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 293rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 377thMost Subsidized Industry: 465thLargest Black Market: 490thMost Corrupt Governments: 551stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 685thLowest Crime Rates: 1,096thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,155thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,280thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,070thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,343rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,355thLargest Governments: 2,371stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,584thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,708thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,814thMost Secular: 3,409thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,666thHighest Economic Output: 4,545thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,645thSmartest Citizens: 7,411thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,517thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 9,647thMost Stationary: 10,951stLargest Gambling Industry: 11,384thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,420thMost Authoritarian: 14,323rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,504thMost Influential: 15,954th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, Duzelsian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, billions of Bitss are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, Commisar Sombrero's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, travel bureaus double as recruiting centers for national intelligence agencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Duzels, a small country is wondering where their capital building's gold dome went.

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