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Most Authoritarian: 8,092ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,942ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,635th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
There is no free will
Big Mao
Influence
Squire
Security Officer
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Istazia

Population3.75 billion

CapitalPeking
LeaderBig Mao
FaithThe worship of death

Currencymark
Animalporpoise

The Dictatorship of Istazia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Big Mao with an iron fist, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, ritual sacrifices, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.75 billion Istazians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Peking. The average income tax rate is 52.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Istazian economy, worth 186 trillion marks 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, fairly diversified black market in Retail, Woodchip Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Information Technology. 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 49,788 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elections have been outlawed, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, and Big Mao has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Istazia's national animal is the porpoise, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is The worship of death.

Istazia is ranked 12,635th in the world and 2nd in Oneid for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 56.66 Whatever.

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Most Authoritarian: 8,092ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,942ndTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,635thMost Avoided: 14,848thMost Conservative: 17,396thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,754th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Istazia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, Big Mao has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, elections have been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, childhood friends of Big Mao are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense.
  • : Istazia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, nudity is frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Istazia, debate rages over whether ground fish guts can be spread on fields.
  • : Istazia was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".

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