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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25th
The Matriarchy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hic Sunt Bella Dracones
Influence
Power
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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PapaBellum

Population11.285 billion

CapitalBella
LeaderQueen Regent PapaBellum
FaithIntrabellum Pact

CurrencyBlood Pound
AnimalDragon

The Matriarchy of PapaBellum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Regent PapaBellum with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.285 billion Draconixeses 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, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bella. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient PapaBellumian economy, worth a remarkable 7,369 trillion Blood Pounds 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 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 a breathtaking 653,039 Blood Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, and children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PapaBellum's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Intrabellum Pact.

PapaBellum is ranked 49th in the world and 1st in Papastan for Most Corrupt Governments, with 1,194.29 Kickbacks Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25thHighest Poor Incomes: 27thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47thMost Corrupt Governments: 49thHighest Average Tax Rates: 61stLargest Governments: 80thMost Advanced Public Education: 81stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 102ndHighest Average Incomes: 104thLargest Black Market: 111thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111thLowest Crime Rates: 143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 150thMost Secular: 154thLargest Information Technology Sector: 203rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 280thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 332ndHealthiest Citizens: 393rdMost Efficient Economies: 618thMost Beautiful Environments: 623rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 702ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 705thSmartest Citizens: 715thHighest Economic Output: 903rdBest Weather: 1,036thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,615thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,000thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,064thMost Authoritarian: 6,314thMost Stationary: 8,528thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,042ndTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,673rdMost Developed: 12,845thMost Influential: 13,369thMost Inclusive: 14,305thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,815thMost Extreme: 21,838th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, fighter pilots crash out of the air after failing to understand their foreign instruction manuals.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, train stations have more platforms than a 1970s disco.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an Air Brancaland flight has been offered asylum.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.

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