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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,172ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,423rdLargest Black Market: 3,009th
The People's Socialist Union of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Glory to Comrade Leader!
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Stromboulia

Population6.603 billion

CapitalStromboulˇpolis
LeaderEternal Leader and Supreme Chairman Khan
Faithsocialism

Currencyo˙zbek
Animalforest goat

The People's Socialist Union of Stromboulia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Eternal Leader and Supreme Chairman Khan with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, sprawling nuclear power plants, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.603 billion Strombo˙ls are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stromboulˇpolis. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Strombo˙l economy, worth a remarkable 1,261 trillion o˙zbeks 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 191,070 o˙zbeks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets, citizens praise the weeds that overwhelm their narrow vegetable realm, the Hanging Gardens account for half of Stromboulˇpolis's water use, and older citizens lament over the loss of law and order. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stromboulia's national animal is the forest goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is socialism.

Stromboulia is ranked 27,697th in the world and 132nd in The Communist Bloc for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 53.9 Whatever.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,172ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,423rdTop
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Largest Black Market: 3,009thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,118thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,509thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,656thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,703rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,282ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,517thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,533rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,582ndLargest Governments: 5,433rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,777thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,188thLowest Crime Rates: 6,566thNudest: 6,914thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,004thHighest Average Incomes: 7,624thMost Developed: 8,635thMost Secular: 9,242ndMost Authoritarian: 9,302ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,704thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,424thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,468thMost Inclusive: 14,137thHighest Economic Output: 14,410thMost Cultured: 14,857thSmartest Citizens: 16,411thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,173rd
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 33rd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 67th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 71st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 91st in the regionMost Conservative: 91st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 94th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 95th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, the Hanging Gardens account for half of Stromboulˇpolis's water use.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, citizens praise the weeds that overwhelm their narrow vegetable realm.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, kids who move from attending a public school in the city to the country often struggle in goat milking class.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, couch potatoes are considered to be model citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, the incidence of wrist sprains is falling.
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Stromboulia's influence in The Communist Bloc rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Stromboulia, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically.

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