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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,023rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,884thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,017th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
For Klyprer, Conquest, And Riches!
Influence
Page
Immigration Officer
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Ice States

Population895 million

CapitalStonegrad
LeaderEmperor Sotolo II

Currencyguinea
Animaleagle

The Empire of The Ice States is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Sotolo II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, zero percent divorce rate, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 895 million Icers are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stonegrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ice economy, worth 118 trillion guineas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 132,672 guineas, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,132,113 per year while the poor average 2,728, a ratio of 415 to 1.

Pizza parlors have been replaced by lima bean cafes, manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job, foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Ice Moonshine", and apprentice builders get teased for wearing hard hats. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Ice States's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Ice States is ranked 13,218th in the world and 9th in Greater Dienstad for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 57.27 Whatever.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,023rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,884thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,017thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,124thMost Avoided: 2,356thLargest Retail Industry: 2,466thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,418thFattest Citizens: 3,477thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,312thHighest Crime Rates: 5,145thMost Devout: 6,650thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,257thLargest Mining Sector: 8,489thMost Patriotic: 8,851stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,998thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,512thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,830thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,385thMost Armed: 12,464thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,218thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 16,546thMost Efficient Economies: 17,029thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,241stHighest Average Incomes: 21,816thMost Pro-Market: 27,169thLargest Insurance Industry: 27,274thMost Subsidized Industry: 27,875th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ice States lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : The Empire of the Golden Throne of The Macabees appointed The Ice States as Immigration Officer with authority over Border Control and Communications in Greater Dienstad.
  • : The Ice States was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : The Ice States created a custom banner.
  • : The Ice States created a custom banner.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice States, apprentice builders get teased for wearing hard hats.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice States, foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Ice Moonshine".
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice States, manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice States, pizza parlors have been replaced by lima bean cafes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice States, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.

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