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The Aventurine of Gembox 18


Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Location: Ribbon

Regional Influence: Apprentice


The Aventurine of Gembox 18 is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Locke with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 3.052 billion Gems are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Treasure Cove. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.8%.

The very strong Gem economy, worth 254 trillion pesos a year, is led by the Furniture Restoration industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 83,540 pesos, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign lack of enthusiasm for Gem nose-flute disco metal is seen as a reasonable casus belli, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, and human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gembox 18's national animal is the cobra, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Gembox 18 is ranked 46,084th in the world and 53rd in Ribbon for Most Developed, scoring 66.88 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,808thMost Armed: 11,024thTop
Most Conservative: 13,636thLargest Black Market: 16,067thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,408thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,959thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,645th
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the region

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