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The Distant Dreamer of Chimes

“Singing in the Wind”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Location: the Rejected Realms

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner


The Distant Dreamer of Chimes is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Queen Eloise with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.198 billion Chimesians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chimes City. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Chimesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,001 trillion winds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Soda Sales. Average income is 98,181 winds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens must have a license to operate a computer, couples wishing to marry spend months at the circus trying to learn acrobatics, turning the other cheek is accompanied by a polite letter of complaint, and the men in trenchcoats hanging around playgrounds are actually police officers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chimes's national animal is the chime, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Chimes is ranked 63,416th in the world and 2,011th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 2,169.82 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,056thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,804thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,866thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,189thMost Pacifist: 4,974thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,323rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,619thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,405thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,803rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,829thSafest: 7,040thLargest Governments: 10,260thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 11,690thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,049thLowest Crime Rates: 13,688thMost Inclusive: 15,516thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,031stHighest Economic Output: 16,882ndMost Beautiful Environments: 17,360thHealthiest Citizens: 17,375thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,457thBest Weather: 17,650thMost Developed: 18,815thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,165thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,655th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 23rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 44th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 95th in the regionMost Pacifist: 97th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 153rd in the regionSafest: 156th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 177th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 195th in the regionLargest Governments: 245th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 246th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 257th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 261st in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 309th in the regionMost Inclusive: 313th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 313th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 322nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 346th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 358th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 378th in the regionMost Influential: 383rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 386th in the regionBest Weather: 394th in the regionMost Developed: 400th in the regionLargest Populations: 433rd in the regionMost Cultured: 459th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 472nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 483rd in the region

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