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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,661stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,722ndMost Devout: 2,106th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength through Glory And Glory through conquest.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Tan Talaba

Population4.533 billion

CapitalVal Stak
LeaderWarmaster Kain
FaithEastern Orthodox


The Empire of Tan Talaba is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Warmaster Kain with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, frequent executions, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.533 billion Tan Talabans 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 prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Val Stak. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tan Talaban economy, worth 789 trillion Bullets 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Tourism. 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 174,205 Bullets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums, the military's primary weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and a fanatical devotion to Eastern Orthodox, criminals are thrown to the Panzers to repay their debt to society, and there's a bright dawn ahead for Tan Talaba. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tan Talaba's national animal is the Panzer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Eastern Orthodox.

Tan Talaba is ranked 23,714th in the world and 66th in The Free Nations Region for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.02 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,661stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,722ndMost Devout: 2,106thMost Patriotic: 2,320thMost Influential: 2,395thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,463rdMost Armed: 2,508thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,925thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,087thLargest Black Market: 5,641stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,781stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,032ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,145thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,511thLargest Governments: 8,761stLowest Crime Rates: 8,855thMost Authoritarian: 9,691stHighest Average Incomes: 10,509thMost Conservative: 11,345thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,520thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,783rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,132ndTop
Best Weather: 13,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,089thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,245thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,098thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,781stMost Cultured: 23,708thMost Efficient Economies: 23,714thMost Developed: 26,117th
Most Armed: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Conservative: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 24th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionMost Stationary: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 26th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the regionMost Influential: 32nd in the region

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