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Highest Poor Incomes: 411th Most Corrupt Governments: 748th Lowest Crime Rates: 769th
The NPO Purgemaster General of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Senatus Populusque Pacificus
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.26 billion

Capitalthe Pacifican High Court
LeaderConsul Perg


The NPO Purgemaster General of Pergamon is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Consul Perg with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.26 billion Pacificans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Pacifican High Court. The average income tax rate is 89.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pacifican economy, worth a remarkable 3,299 trillion Denarii 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. 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 293,054 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Relationships often break down when doctors tell couples they are genetically incompatible, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pergamon's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Francoism.

Pergamon is ranked 1,311th in the world and 28th in the Pacific for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 61,111.44 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 411thMost Corrupt Governments: 748thLowest Crime Rates: 769thLargest Black Market: 872ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,030thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,311thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,578thHighest Average Incomes: 1,634thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,686thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,712thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,871stMost Devout: 1,910thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,411thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,483rdHighest Economic Output: 2,622ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,006thMost Efficient Economies: 3,268thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,592ndMost Influential: 3,826thLargest Governments: 3,967thSmartest Citizens: 5,249thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,551stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,650thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,083rdMost Cultured: 6,314thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,321stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,073rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,027thLargest Mining Sector: 8,382ndTop
Most Stationary: 8,580thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,718thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,546thMost Developed: 10,688thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,905thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,785thLargest Retail Industry: 13,147thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,477thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,391stLargest Populations: 15,842ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,855th
Most Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 37th in the regionMost Devout: 38th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 50th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 51st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 59th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 96th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 99th in the regionMost Stationary: 114th in the regionLargest Populations: 116th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 148th in the regionMost Cultured: 163rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 163rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 169th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 188th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 193rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 213th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 218th in the regionMost Developed: 309th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 328th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 337th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 400th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 442nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 493rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 694th in the region

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