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Most Authoritarian: 8,966thMost Armed: 10,152ndMost Income Equality: 10,795th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
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Basket Case
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Eshgh

Population2.77 billion

Currencypeso
Animaldolphin

The Empire of Eshgh is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its state-planned economy, ritual sacrifices, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical, devout population of 2.77 billion Eshghians 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 75.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Eshghian economy, worth 50.0 trillion pesos 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 mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 18,038 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, historic buildings are being demolished to allow for road-widening in the city centre, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister, and daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Eshgh's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Eshgh is ranked 45,075th in the world and 1,169th in The East Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 72 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Authoritarian: 8,966thMost Armed: 10,152ndMost Income Equality: 10,795thTop
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Most Conservative: 16,850thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,055th
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Most Armed: 175th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 396th in the regionMost Income Equality: 501st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 573rd in the regionMost Extreme: 668th in the regionMost Devout: 735th in the regionMost Conservative: 791st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 942nd in the regionLargest Governments: 960th in the region

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