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Most Primitive: 49thMost Ignorant Citizens: 59thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 104th
The Unified States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
If you can read this, you will be punished!
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

New Palimpsest

Population9.375 billion

CapitalPornography City
LeaderJ Nathaniel Gotha
FaithCranberrianism

CurrencyPalimpsest Florgon
Animalbunny viper

The Unified States of New Palimpsest is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by J Nathaniel Gotha with an iron fist, and renowned for its parental licensing program, ban on automobiles, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.375 billion New Palimpsestians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Education are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pornography City. The average income tax rate is 22.2%.

The frighteningly efficient New Palimpsestian economy, worth a remarkable 2,369 trillion Palimpsest Florgons 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. 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 252,710 Palimpsest Florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, adult unemployment is rising as available jobs are filled by young children, foreign livestock are offered asylum, and government statistics suggest 115% of the population love J Nathaniel Gotha. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. New Palimpsest's national animal is the bunny viper, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Cranberrianism.

New Palimpsest is ranked 192nd in the world and 5th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 44,427.93 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Primitive: 49thMost Ignorant Citizens: 59thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 104thMost Devout: 115thLargest Mining Sector: 192ndMost Corrupt Governments: 331stMost Avoided: 359thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 573rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 848thFattest Citizens: 980thLargest Retail Industry: 1,215thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,693rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,715thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,991stMost Conservative: 2,074thLargest Black Market: 2,126thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,131stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,455thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 3,377thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,912thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,386thNudest: 4,402ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,160thLowest Crime Rates: 5,663rdMost Authoritarian: 6,663rdHighest Economic Output: 6,731stMost Efficient Economies: 7,623rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,707thRudest Citizens: 9,934thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,959thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,066thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,224thTop
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Largest Governments: 12,601stMost Extreme: 23,802nd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 62nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 64th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 83rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 84th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 112th in the regionMost Conservative: 114th in the regionNudest: 124th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 151st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 177th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 207th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 228th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 272nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 300th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 301st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 309th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 362nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 401st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 431st in the regionRudest Citizens: 443rd in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 486th in the regionLargest Governments: 644th in the regionLargest Populations: 675th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 850th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love J Nathaniel Gotha.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, foreign livestock are offered asylum.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, adult unemployment is rising as available jobs are filled by young children.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, this year's hottest seller is plenary indulgence.
  • : New Palimpsest was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, the fate of the world literally rests on J Nathaniel Gotha's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, J Nathaniel Gotha often plays real life games of Tower Defense against hordes of angry villagers.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in New Palimpsest, TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas.

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