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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26th
The Matriarchy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hic Sunt Bella Dracones
Influence
Power
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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PapaBellum

Population10.151 billion

CapitalBella
LeaderQueen Regent PapaBellum
FaithIntrabellum Pact

CurrencyBlood Pound
AnimalDragon

The Matriarchy of PapaBellum is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Queen Regent PapaBellum with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, public floggings, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.151 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. 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 6,198 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 610,664 Blood Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wishing you had children is considered a sign of child abuse, heroes long thought dead are promptly killed upon their return, nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds, and nude art is becoming wildly popular. 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 236,401st in the world and 2nd in Papastan for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -3132.04 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26thHighest Poor Incomes: 28thMost Corrupt Governments: 65thHighest Average Tax Rates: 85thMost Advanced Public Education: 89thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 98thLargest Governments: 99thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 118thHighest Average Incomes: 126thMost Subsidized Industry: 135thLargest Black Market: 138thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 187thLowest Crime Rates: 191stLargest Information Technology Sector: 202ndMost Secular: 216thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 343rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 411thHealthiest Citizens: 517thMost Efficient Economies: 685thMost Armed: 707thMost Beautiful Environments: 800thSmartest Citizens: 873rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 893rdHighest Economic Output: 1,174thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,263rdBest Weather: 1,538thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,595thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,044thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,698thMost Authoritarian: 5,734thMost Stationary: 9,001stLargest Publishing Industry: 9,391stMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,678thTop
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Most Developed: 12,181stMost Inclusive: 12,853rdMost Influential: 13,482ndMost Extreme: 15,269thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,710thMost Conservative: 22,962nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, heroes long thought dead are promptly killed upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, wishing you had children is considered a sign of child abuse.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, aides are afraid to ask if Queen Regent PapaBellum wants a cup of tea or coffee.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, Queen Regent PapaBellum signs the laws but abides by none of them.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the people are famous throughout the region for their bleached-white teeth.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.

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