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Most Armed: 4,969thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,320thLargest Black Market: 7,625th
The Community of
Father Knows Best State
Liberty
Influence
Dealmaker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

South

Population8.158 billion

CurrencyGold
AnimalElephant

The Community of South is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, ritual sacrifices, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.158 billion Southians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 39.9%.

The all-consuming Southian economy, worth 831 trillion Golds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Gambling, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 101,964 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

You can bet your bottom dollar that gambling will cost you an arm and a leg, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft, and corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. South's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

South is ranked 55,118th in the world and 4th in The Western Colonies for Most Developed, scoring 63.75 on the Human Development Index.

Top
5%
Most Armed: 4,969thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,320thLargest Black Market: 7,625thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,253rdTop
10%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,834thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,051stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,504thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,397thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,005thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,461stHighest Economic Output: 22,660thHighest Disposable Incomes: 24,530th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : South's influence in The Western Colonies rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : South was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : South was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in South, corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense.
  • : Following new legislation in South, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in South, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan.
  • : Following new legislation in South, you can bet your bottom dollar that gambling will cost you an arm and a leg.
  • : Following new legislation in South, the last thing Southian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them.
  • : Following new legislation in South, Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content.
  • : Following new legislation in South, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders.

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