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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 76thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 198thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 217th
The Possom Sanctuary of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Freedom for the fittest, servitude for the unworthy
Poppy Possom
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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IStormia

Population10.376 billion

CapitalPossomia
LeaderPoppy Possom
FaithFurry Logistics

Currencyshiny thing
Animalpossum

The Possom Sanctuary of IStormia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Poppy Possom with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, triple-decker prams, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.376 billion slaves are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Possomia. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient enslaved economy, worth a remarkable 4,790 trillion shiny things 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, 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 an amazing 461,651 shiny things, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home, the fattest folk in IStormia look to be the happiest ones, advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines, and heroes long thought dead are promptly killed upon their return. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. IStormia's national animal is the possum, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Furry Logistics.

IStormia is ranked 1,575th in the world and 71st in Osiris for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 20,946.32 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 76thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 198thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 217thLargest Black Market: 310thHighest Poor Incomes: 402ndLargest Insurance Industry: 421stHighest Average Incomes: 435thMost Subsidized Industry: 472ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 496thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 725thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 779thMost Corrupt Governments: 820thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,085thMost Efficient Economies: 1,485thLargest Mining Sector: 1,575thLargest Governments: 1,812thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,164thHighest Economic Output: 2,197thLowest Crime Rates: 2,214thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,602ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,849thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,125thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,351stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,645thLargest Retail Industry: 3,793rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,992ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,122ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,506thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,593rdMost Devout: 5,037thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,757thSmartest Citizens: 7,803rdNudest: 8,254thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,613thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,665thTop
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Most Conservative: 13,884thMost Developed: 17,672ndMost Authoritarian: 19,717th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 34th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 55th in the regionLargest Governments: 63rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 65th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 71st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 76th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 95th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 99th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 114th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 120th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 187th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 191st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 192nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 192nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 197th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 208th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 209th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 212th in the regionMost Devout: 230th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 291st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 363rd in the regionNudest: 372nd in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 520th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 570th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 578th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 734th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, heroes long thought dead are promptly killed upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines.
  • : IStormia's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, the fattest folk in IStormia look to be the happiest ones.
  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, the government spends billions to protect IStormia from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in IStormia, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub.
  • : IStormia's influence in Osiris fell from "Newcomer" to "Hatchling".
  • : IStormia's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : IStormia's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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