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Most Valuable International Artwork: 43rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,909thMost Armed: 4,314th
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Might Makes Right
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Portsville

Population4.777 billion

Currencydenier
Animalfalcon

The Republic of Portsville is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, soft-spoken computers, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 4.777 billion Portsvilleans 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 82.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Portsvillean economy, worth 683 trillion deniers 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. 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 143,137 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, and more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Portsville's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Portsville is ranked 184,563rd in the world and 32nd in Testregionia for Most Politically Free, scoring 32.76 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 43rdTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,909thMost Armed: 4,314thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,277thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,020thLowest Crime Rates: 7,649thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,740thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,687thHealthiest Citizens: 10,409thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,823rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,153rdMost Efficient Economies: 12,349thLargest Governments: 12,889thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,174thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,194thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,415thBest Weather: 13,489thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,569thMost Income Equality: 13,894thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,134thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,750thHighest Average Incomes: 15,799thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,675thLargest Black Market: 16,746thMost Authoritarian: 16,938thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,995thSmartest Citizens: 19,219thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,423rdMost Advanced Public Education: 19,793rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,514thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,656thMost Developed: 23,236th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Portsville's influence in Testregionia rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Portsville, hostage-takers offer loyalty scheme points for prompt payment.
  • : Portsville was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.

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