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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,687thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,790thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,355th
The Koltis Controlled Puppet of
Authoritarian Democracy
The girl in my flag is not my sister
John Ross
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Them Chic

Population3.993 billion

CapitalKoltia
LeaderJohn Ross

CurrencyMugs
AnimalBull

The Koltis Controlled Puppet of Them Chic is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by John Ross with an even hand, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 3.993 billion Koltiasans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Koltia. The average income tax rate is 49.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Them Chician economy, worth 370 trillion Mugs a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 92,826 Mugs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, penny whistles have been rebranded 'tin hornpipes', and code enforcement officers circle wealthy Koltiasans like vultures. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Them Chic's national animal is the Bull, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Them Chic is ranked 276,290th in the world and 38th in The West Reborn for Most Avoided, scoring 1.17 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,687thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14,790thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,355thMost Devout: 16,887thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,067thBest Weather: 22,547thMost Patriotic: 23,467thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,945thHealthiest Citizens: 24,050thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24,491stLargest Black Market: 25,020thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25,354thLongest Average Lifespans: 26,070thMost Developed: 28,806th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Them Chic was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, code enforcement officers circle wealthy Koltiasans like vultures.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, penny whistles have been rebranded 'tin hornpipes'.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Them Chic's influence in The West Reborn rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Them Chic lodged a message on the The West Reborn Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, there's more vermin than ever on the metro.
  • : Following new legislation in Them Chic, fruit vendors are encouraging a life of crime in their advertising.

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