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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,509th Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,519th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 11,429th
The Dictatorship of
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Theocracy of Isobania

Population662 million



The Dictatorship of Theocracy of Isobania is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, public floggings, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 662 million Theocracy of Isobanians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valoria. The average income tax rate is 26.4%.

The powerhouse Theocracy of Isobanian economy, worth 73.6 trillion coins 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. 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 111,146 coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness', park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, women across the country are tying the knot, and public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Theocracy of Isobania's national animal is the Lynx, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Theocracy of Isobania is ranked 140,493rd in the world and 7,823rd in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 48.52 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,509thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,519thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,429thMost Devout: 12,896th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 244th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 464th in the regionMost Devout: 605th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 619th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 822nd in the region

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