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Most Authoritarian: 188thMost Income Equality: 560thMost Conservative: 620th
The Magical Eclarian Paradise of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Even in death, the Purple Light triumphs!
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Purple Lightning

Population1.105 billion

CapitalPiņeapolis
LeaderHigh Commander Louisa Nickolaus Tilo

Currencycredit
AnimalBright Pegasus

The Magical Eclarian Paradise of Purple Lightning is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by High Commander Louisa Nickolaus Tilo with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.105 billion Purple Lights 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Piņeapolis. The average income tax rate is 80.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Lit economy, worth 7.65 trillion credits 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, highly specialized black market in Uranium Mining and Arms Manufacturing. 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 6,925 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk, the strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a Bright Pegasus, the number of children one can have is restricted by law, and praying before a battle is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Purple Lightning's national animal is the Bright Pegasus, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Purple Lightning is ranked 168,594th in the world and 1st in Conjuration for Most Pacifist, with 37.53 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

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Most Authoritarian: 188thMost Income Equality: 560thMost Conservative: 620thMost Extreme: 1,279thMost Primitive: 1,428thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,034thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,165thMost Secular: 5,168thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,482ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,580thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 15,287thBest Weather: 16,615thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,731stLowest Crime Rates: 21,580thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,001st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Purple Lightning was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, the number of children one can have is restricted by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, the strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a Bright Pegasus.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, High Commander Louisa Nickolaus Tilo is called 'Patches' at international summits.
  • : Purple Lightning was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, genetic screening weeds out citizens whose legs don't bend easily at the knee.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, smiling in public is seen as criminally suspicious behaviour.
  • : Following new legislation in Purple Lightning, some are born loving old plays and some have old plays thrust upon them.

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