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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,882ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,243rdNudest: 6,061st
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Portsville 20

Population3.099 billion

Currencymark
Animalsquirrel

The Republic of Portsville 20 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, devout population of 3.099 billion Portsville 20ians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 83.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Portsville 20ian economy, worth 326 trillion marks 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 105,461 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired, liberals and conservatives try to disqualify each other's candidates on the grounds that "their ideas would never work in the real world", funding for education has been redirected into the military, and sly spies try to rely on national allies so that they don't die. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Portsville 20's national animal is the squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Portsville 20 is ranked 12,915th in the world and 318th in the Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 5,047.88 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,882ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,243rdNudest: 6,061stMost Armed: 8,483rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,779thLargest Black Market: 8,839thMost Devout: 9,422ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,426thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,675thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,848thTop
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Most Primitive: 11,856thBest Weather: 12,296thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,659thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,915thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,300thLowest Crime Rates: 19,860thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,164thLargest Governments: 20,689th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionNudest: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 119th in the regionMost Armed: 135th in the regionLargest Black Market: 166th in the regionMost Devout: 171st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 205th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 206th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 213th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 233rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 287th in the regionMost Primitive: 292nd in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 307th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 318th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 323rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 338th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 504th in the regionMost Stationary: 505th in the regionLargest Governments: 506th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 513th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionMost Influential: 576th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 597th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, sly spies try to rely on national allies so that they don't die.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, funding for education has been redirected into the military.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, liberals and conservatives try to disqualify each other's candidates on the grounds that "their ideas would never work in the real world".
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, diplomatic fallout tends to be much more dangerous than radioactive fallout.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, naval armadas borrow their formations from synchronized swimming handbooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, many politicians are having to do a hard day's work for the first time in their careers.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, military barracks resemble five-star hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, the tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville 20, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.

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