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Highest Poor Incomes: 31stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 70th
The Reignreich of
Psychotic Dictatorship
The Sun shines for Stonestein
Rey Gordo
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Stonestein

Population7.497 billion

CapitalCitystadt
LeaderRey Gordo

Currencyboulder
Animalstonefish

The Reignreich of Stonestein is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Rey Gordo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.497 billion Stonesteiners 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citystadt. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Stonesteiner economy, worth a remarkable 4,643 trillion boulders 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, 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 a breathtaking 619,352 boulders, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime, ghost regiments exist only on paper, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins, and 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stonestein's national animal is the stonefish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Stonestein is ranked 238,121st in the world and 12th in TopCornion for Most Politically Free, scoring 0.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 31stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 70thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 123rdMost Secular: 129thHighest Average Incomes: 130thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 152ndLowest Crime Rates: 155thLargest Information Technology Sector: 163rdMost Corrupt Governments: 168thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 226thLargest Agricultural Sector: 228thLargest Black Market: 271stLargest Governments: 352ndMost Developed: 413thHighest Average Tax Rates: 453rdLongest Average Lifespans: 459thMost Advanced Public Education: 530thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 640thSmartest Citizens: 780thLargest Insurance Industry: 892ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,131stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,191stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,235thMost Efficient Economies: 1,353rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,357thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,520thLargest Mining Sector: 1,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,726thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,912thHighest Economic Output: 2,309thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,473rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,620thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,875thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,990thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,647thMost Authoritarian: 4,842ndMost Conservative: 9,417thLargest Retail Industry: 9,560thTop
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Most Stationary: 14,840thMost Influential: 16,598thMost Income Equality: 17,015thMost Extreme: 19,515thBest Weather: 20,052ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,084th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, schoolchildren must pass a six-month Ethics and Safety Committee Assessment before they are allowed to mix baking soda and vinegar.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, all artwork is carefully screened for offensive material.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Stonesteiner military.
  • : Following new legislation in Stonestein, everyone apparently sends Rey Gordo hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.

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