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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 644thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,672ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,792nd
The Socialist Federation of
Authoritarian Democracy Mouth-Breathing Creationists
Workers of the world, unite!
President Joseph
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
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Equinoctial States

Population2.93 billion

CapitalPompeii
LeaderPresident Joseph
FaithAtheist

CurrencyMarx
AnimalFrov

The Socialist Federation of Equinoctial States is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Joseph with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, anti-smoking policies, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.93 billion equinoctial citizens are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pompeii. The average income tax rate is 62.5%.

The all-consuming equinoctial economy, worth 475 trillion Marxes 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. 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 162,170 Marxes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in President Joseph's bedroom, several politicians have resigned following clarifications that "bribe" and "donation" are not actually synonyms, and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Equinoctial States's national animal is the Frov, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheist.

Equinoctial States is ranked 228,260th in the world and 168th in New Western Empire for Fattest Citizens, with 5.9 Obesity Rate.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 644thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,672ndTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,792ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,891stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,298thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,080thHealthiest Citizens: 7,640thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,994thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,128thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,208thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,234thLargest Black Market: 10,064thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,981stHighest Average Incomes: 11,802ndTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 15,558thSmartest Citizens: 17,359thMost Developed: 17,665thLargest Insurance Industry: 17,903rdLargest Governments: 18,768thBest Weather: 19,659thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,899thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,107thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,276thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,384thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,175thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,249th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, several politicians have resigned following clarifications that "bribe" and "donation" are not actually synonyms.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in President Joseph's bedroom.
  • : Equinoctial States was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, citizens ask "how many crooks could a nunchuck hook if a nun had nunchucks too?".
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, citizens are bleary-eyed after staying up all night with a good book (Equinoctial States has found 4 easter eggs).
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, people's charity begins and ends at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.

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