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Most Armed: 6,299thMost Authoritarian: 11,682ndMost Devout: 13,707th
The Grand Duchy of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
In Cod We Trust
Influence
Powerbroker
Diplomacy Officer
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Cod Region

Population385 million

CapitalWentaria

CurrencyWents
AnimalCodfish

The Grand Duchy of The Cod Region is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 385 million Cod 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wentaria. The average income tax rate is 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Codish economy, worth 15.8 trillion Wents 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 Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, 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 40,923 Wents, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cod Region's national animal is the Codfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Cod Region is ranked 154,368th in the world and 4th in United Regions of the Gwilymverse for Most Developed, scoring 51.78 on the Human Development Index.

Top
5%
Most Armed: 6,299thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 11,682ndMost Devout: 13,707thMost Income Equality: 17,167th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, prudishness is on the way out.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, nine out of ten citizens of The Cod Region answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Cod any less frightened.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains.
  • : The Cod Region was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cod Region, prospective parents are cheering on the streets as they no longer need a license to have children.

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