|Animal||Royal Red-Tailed Hornet|
The Eternal Imperium of The Step Forward is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Krishak Aqui with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, vat-grown people, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.421 billion Forwardians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."
The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Education, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.
The frighteningly efficient Step Forwardian economy, worth a remarkable 3,532 trillion Lihgets 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. 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 amazing 374,939 Lihgets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.
Truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Krishak Aqui, brave curators do battle with disorganised government libraries, and conflicted Step Forwardian mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Step Forward's national animal is the Royal Red-Tailed Hornet, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Aquixism.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Holy Empire of Nondenominational Christian Commonwealth.
- : The Step Forward's influence in Anteria fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Incorporated States of Eclipse System.
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The People's Republic of Abjekistan.
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Rutheneja.
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Federal Republic of New Sebronia.
- : The Step Forward's influence in Anteria rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Federal Dominion of Halsuntria.
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Foral Kingdom of Hatstheput.
- : The Step Forward was endorsed by The Īmārivshen of Lesser Velutaria.
Endorsements Received: 17 » Plattinum, Maricoen, Kentalis, Whitmarche, Gavrilia, Wellsenfaile, Prybourne, Gran Rugido, Bro Wyned, Lesser Velutaria, Hatstheput, Halsuntria, New Sebronia, Rutheneja, Abjekistan, Eclipse System, and Nondenominational Christian Commonwealth.