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The Dominion of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Lazily efficient not efficiently lazy
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dezreik

Population18 million

CurrencyBob
AnimalBear

The Dominion of The Dezreik is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 18 million Dezreikians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 74.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The weak Dezreikian economy, worth 482 billion Bobs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Pizza Delivery, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 26,816 Bobs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Penal labor is a de facto death sentence, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', and the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dezreik's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Dezreik is ranked 154,785th in the world and 122nd in International Democratic Union for Most Devout, with 2.87 Prayers Per Hour.

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National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, penal labor is a de facto death sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, the nationalized auto industry is adept at making durable little cars nobody wants to drive.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Dezreikians's kindness.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dezreik, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : The Dezreik lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.

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