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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12thHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd
The Matriarchy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hic Sunt Bella Dracones
Influence
Power
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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PapaBellum

Population11.846 billion

CapitalBella
LeaderQueen Regent PapaBellum
FaithIntrabellum Pact

CurrencyBlood Pound
AnimalDragon

The Matriarchy of PapaBellum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Regent PapaBellum with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 11.846 billion Draconixeses 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, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bella. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient PapaBellumian economy, worth a remarkable 8,020 trillion Blood Pounds 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 a breathtaking 677,060 Blood Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, the government is encouraging violence on television, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, and police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PapaBellum's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Intrabellum Pact.

PapaBellum is ranked 12th in the world and 1st in Papastan for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 21,454.04 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12thHighest Poor Incomes: 22ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 39thMost Corrupt Governments: 45thHighest Average Tax Rates: 56thLargest Governments: 69thMost Advanced Public Education: 73rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 86thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 87thHighest Average Incomes: 89thLargest Black Market: 105thLowest Crime Rates: 126thMost Secular: 132ndMost Subsidized Industry: 147thLargest Information Technology Sector: 199thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 240thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 287thHealthiest Citizens: 346thMost Beautiful Environments: 522ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 563rdMost Efficient Economies: 581stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 603rdSmartest Citizens: 627thHighest Economic Output: 780thBest Weather: 858thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,497thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,778thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,938thMost Authoritarian: 5,100thMost Stationary: 8,306thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,117thMost Inclusive: 11,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,043rdTop
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Most Influential: 12,964thMost Developed: 13,051stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,139thMost Extreme: 20,084th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the government is encouraging violence on television.
  • : PapaBellum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, sports fans complain that cricket tests now last an unbearable ten days.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, transgender and agender are on the education agenda.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the government burgles the houses of holidaying citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, foreign lack of enthusiasm for PapaBellumian nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli.

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