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Most Income Equality: 16,751st
The Rogue Nation of
Authoritarian Democracy Mouth-Breathing Creationists
Our home on the seas
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Grand Fleet

Population201 million

Currencycredit
Animalsword fish

The Rogue Nation of The Grand Fleet is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The democratic population of 201 million shipmates are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Grand Fleetian economy, worth 4.11 trillion credits 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, quite specialized black market in Pizza Delivery, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 20,435 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Marine biology students are shocked to discover that a whale is a mammal, summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police, Shipmates are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, and hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Grand Fleet's national animal is the sword fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Grand Fleet is ranked 183,500th in the world and 202nd in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -6.45 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Income Equality: 16,751st
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Most Income Equality: 8th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Grand Fleet's influence in The Order of the Grey Wardens rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, Shipmates are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, marine biology students are shocked to discover that a whale is a mammal.
  • : The Grand Fleet's influence in The Order of the Grey Wardens rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, frustrated teenage boys are told that if they like it then they should have put a ring on it.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, power to the people comes from the barrel of a gun.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in The Grand Fleet, the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street.

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