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Largest Black Market: 8,668thMost Stationary: 12,063rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,089th
The Repressed memory of
Father Knows Best State
You know
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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What Lies Beneath

Population10.743 billion

Capitalbath tub
LeaderMadison Elizabeth Frank
FaithSpiritualism

Currencydollar
Animalcorpse

The Repressed memory of What Lies Beneath is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Madison Elizabeth Frank with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, avowedly heterosexual populace, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.743 billion possessed are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of bath tub. The average income tax rate is 64.2%.

The very strong possessed economy, worth 895 trillion dollars 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 large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. 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 83,313 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

The nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported, citizens who become homeless are immediately executed, and only Madison Elizabeth Frank's friends count in the eyes of the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. What Lies Beneath's national animal is the corpse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spiritualism.

What Lies Beneath is ranked 217,447th in the world and 113th in Middle Earth for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 176.94 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,089thMost Influential: 19,300thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,780thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,238thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,334thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,953rdHighest Economic Output: 24,503rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25,885th
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Largest Black Market: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : What Lies Beneath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in What Lies Beneath, only Madison Elizabeth Frank's friends count in the eyes of the government.
  • : Following new legislation in What Lies Beneath, citizens who become homeless are immediately executed.

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