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Most Authoritarian: 11,693rd Most Income Equality: 12,388th
The Husk of
Corrupt Dictatorship
The world is dead and I donít care
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Fire Eaters of Last Hope

Population2.655 billion


The Husk of Fire Eaters of Last Hope is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its frequent executions, suspicion of poets, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical population of 2.655 billion Fire Eaters are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 53.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Fire Eaters of Last Hopean economy, worth 70.9 trillion dollars 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 black market in Tourism, Woodchip Exports, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. 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 26,722 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time, foreign lack of enthusiasm for Fire Eaters of Last Hopean nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli, and burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fire Eaters of Last Hope's national animal is the hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Fire Eaters of Last Hope is ranked 70,177th in the world and 106th in The Black Hawks for Most Primitive, scoring -44.16 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Authoritarian: 11,693rdMost Income Equality: 12,388th
Most Income Equality: 8th in the region

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