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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,263rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,275thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,296th
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength in Unity
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Pounara

Population7.577 billion

CapitalImurna
FaithChristianity

Currencygura
Animaleagle

The Republic of Pounara is a colossal, safe nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.577 billion Pounaris 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imurna. The average income tax rate is 88.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pounari economy, worth a remarkable 1,099 trillion guras a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 145,045 guras, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Imurna, and the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pounara's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Pounara is ranked 156,457th in the world and 6,847th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 23.56 on the Rand Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,263rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,275thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,296thHealthiest Citizens: 3,680thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,788thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,387thMost Authoritarian: 5,123rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,646thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,792ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,022ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,112thSafest: 6,170thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,843rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,228thLargest Governments: 7,643rdMost Conservative: 7,803rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,060thMost Developed: 9,158thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,043rdTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 12,263rdMost Stationary: 12,583rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,005thBest Weather: 13,572ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,816thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,217thHighest Average Incomes: 14,675thHighest Economic Output: 15,351stMost Influential: 16,729thMost Extreme: 17,588thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,947th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 101st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 114th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 154th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 211th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 226th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 229th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 254th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 265th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 280th in the regionMost Stationary: 286th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 294th in the regionSafest: 342nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 349th in the regionLargest Governments: 387th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 397th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 403rd in the regionMost Extreme: 420th in the regionMost Conservative: 420th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 499th in the regionMost Developed: 550th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 562nd in the regionLargest Populations: 683rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 689th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 695th in the regionBest Weather: 709th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 730th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 749th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 860th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods".
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Imurna.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, street preachers spend more time condemning government bureaucracy than passers-by.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, the government is buying children's books by the thousands.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags.
  • : Following new legislation in Pounara, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal.

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