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Most Ignorant Citizens: 793rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,510thLargest Black Market: 2,119th
The Divergent Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
All Things Must Die
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Bortresoye

Population12.007 billion

CapitalLight City
LeaderLady Excelsior
FaithExcelsiorism - Creed of the Kromon

CurrencyExcelsior
AnimalKromon

The Divergent Dictatorship of Bortresoye is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Lady Excelsior with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.007 billion Divergences 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 is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Light City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.6%.

The strong Divergent economy, worth a remarkable 1,609 trillion Excelsiors 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Retail, and Gambling. 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 134,020 Excelsiors, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 824,080 per year while the poor average 9,512, a ratio of 86.6 to 1.

Big Brother is still watching even when your big brother is dead, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Bortresoye at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, and Lady Excelsior often plays real life games of Tower Defense against hordes of angry villagers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Bortresoye's national animal is the Kromon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Excelsiorism - Creed of the Kromon.

Bortresoye is ranked 17,480th in the world and 3rd in The Doctor Who Universe for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 86.63 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 793rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,510thLargest Black Market: 2,119thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,438thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,469thMost Avoided: 2,533rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,686thMost Conservative: 2,841stMost Devout: 2,913thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,402ndMost Armed: 3,730thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,110thLargest Mining Sector: 4,553rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,748thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,449thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,924thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,166thLargest Retail Industry: 10,692ndHighest Economic Output: 10,956thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,446thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,480thHighest Average Incomes: 18,436thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,664thMost Authoritarian: 21,107th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bortresoye was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, Lady Excelsior often plays real life games of Tower Defense against hordes of angry villagers.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Bortresoye at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, Big Brother is still watching even when your big brother is dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Bortresoye was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortresoye, smiling in public is seen as criminally suspicious behaviour.

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