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Largest Black Market: 178th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 241st Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 516th
The Fiefdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Civil Rights
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The Fiefdom of Pleasures Island is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, state-planned economy, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 13.418 billion Pleasures Islandians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pleasures Island City. The average income tax rate is 86.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Pleasures Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,529 trillion psis 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 Information Technology, Trout Farming, Book Publishing, 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 impressive 188,488 psis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm, Leader's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners, and the nation's leading climatologists are investigating animal flatulence in efforts to reduce methane emissions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pleasures Island's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Pleasures Island is ranked 3,990th in the world and 105th in the Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 90.54 Years.

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Largest Black Market: 178thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 241stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 516thMost Corrupt Governments: 549thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 752ndMost Beautiful Environments: 753rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,394thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,544thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,658thMost Stationary: 1,679thHighest Drug Use: 1,771stTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,996thHighest Economic Output: 3,015thNudest: 3,380thLowest Crime Rates: 3,437thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,541stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,774thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,941stLongest Average Lifespans: 3,990thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,086thHighest Average Incomes: 5,504thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,152ndMost Influential: 7,221stLargest Populations: 7,804thMost Secular: 8,359thTop
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Largest Governments: 9,328thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,591stHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,847thSmartest Citizens: 11,376thMost Cultured: 11,976thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,241stMost Authoritarian: 12,954thMost Inclusive: 15,086thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,295thMost Pacifist: 15,530thMost Developed: 16,612th
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Largest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 39th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 52nd in the regionLargest Populations: 59th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 79th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 97th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 98th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 105th in the regionMost Influential: 105th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 112th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 120th in the regionNudest: 124th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 128th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 192nd in the regionLargest Governments: 251st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 297th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 301st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 318th in the regionMost Secular: 332nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 342nd in the regionMost Cultured: 343rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 443rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 494th in the regionMost Developed: 508th in the regionMost Pacifist: 567th in the regionMost Inclusive: 610th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 763rd in the regionBest Weather: 793rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the nation's leading climatologists are investigating animal flatulence in efforts to reduce methane emissions.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, Leader's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments.
  • : Pleasures Island was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, Pleasures Islandians are free from pain - but the side effects include loss of individual thought and freedom.
  • : Pleasures Island was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, contestants on Pleasures Island's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.

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