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Most Valuable International Artwork: 40thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,860thMost Armed: 4,301st
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Might Makes Right
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Portsville

Population4.728 billion

Currencydenier
Animalfalcon

The Republic of Portsville is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, ritual sacrifices, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 4.728 billion Portsvilleans 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 large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 82.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Portsvillean economy, worth 676 trillion deniers 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. 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 143,137 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, and more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Portsville's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Portsville is ranked 16,887th in the world and 19th in Testregionia for Largest Black Market, with 32.9 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 40thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,860thMost Armed: 4,301stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,277thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,011thLowest Crime Rates: 7,626thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,703rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,675thHealthiest Citizens: 10,373rdMost Subsidized Industry: 11,939thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,297thMost Efficient Economies: 12,354thLargest Governments: 12,836thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,168thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,243rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,477thBest Weather: 13,518thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,679thMost Income Equality: 13,806thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,077thHighest Average Incomes: 15,702ndMost Beautiful Environments: 15,779thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,574thMost Authoritarian: 16,778thLargest Black Market: 16,887thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,195thSmartest Citizens: 19,142ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,317thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,994thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,964thMost Developed: 23,232nd
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Portsville's influence in Testregionia rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, hostage-takers offer loyalty scheme points for prompt payment.
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.

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