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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,338thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,458thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,639th
The Oderint Dum Metuant of
Father Knows Best State
Good ol Saddy at it again
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population12.248 billion

FaithLux Tenebris


The Oderint Dum Metuant of Sad-States is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Rein with an iron fist, and remarkable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, compulsory military service, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.248 billion Maddomans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Evanska. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Maddoman economy, worth a remarkable 1,039 trillion Saddcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 84,849 Saddcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Sad-States as a reminder of their "special relationship", a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, careless Maxémon Trainers have been the cause of numerous search and rescue operations, and the doctor has cold hands. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sad-States's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lux Tenebris.

Sad-States is ranked 185,157th in the world and 6,777th in the Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 89.69 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,338thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,458thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,639thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,479thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,470thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,481stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,422ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,584thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 11,486thBest Weather: 13,245thLargest Governments: 14,378thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,684thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,302ndHighest Economic Output: 16,139thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,372ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,504thLowest Crime Rates: 19,213thLargest Populations: 19,924thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,488th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 53rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 74th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 106th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 115th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 157th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 182nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 200th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 240th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 272nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 272nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 280th in the regionBest Weather: 340th in the regionLargest Governments: 365th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 374th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 396th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 429th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 443rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 452nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 554th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 718th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 727th in the region

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