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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,321stMost Conservative: 5,479thMost Authoritarian: 10,513th
The Sultanate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
All Hail Glorious Leader
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Twined

Population87 million

CurrencyCapstone
AnimalGlorious Leader

The Sultanate of Twined is a large, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 87 million Twinedians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 46.3%.

The very strong Twinedian economy, worth 6.34 trillion Capstones 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 slick, highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 72,914 Capstones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

The smell of napalm in the morning is usually alongside grilled Glorious Leader, proletariat workers identify less with the hammer and sickle and more with the touchscreen and phone charger, top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists, and nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Twined's national animal is the Glorious Leader, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Twined is ranked 58,778th in the world and 1,686th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 62.61 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,321stMost Conservative: 5,479thMost Authoritarian: 10,513thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,895thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,541stMost Devout: 20,546thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23,447th
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Most Conservative: 234th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 285th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 423rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 470th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 661st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 662nd in the regionMost Devout: 679th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 730th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Twined, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, proletariat workers identify less with the hammer and sickle and more with the touchscreen and phone charger.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, the smell of napalm in the morning is usually alongside grilled Glorious Leader.
  • : Twined was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout and Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, biology and religious education classes have recently been merged.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, forest fires have dropped dramatically as there are hardly any forests left.
  • : Following new legislation in Twined, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Twined's influence in The East Pacific rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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