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The Disturbing Endless Playtime of Puppets and Strings

“Puppets! All of you! You shall bow to The Hand!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Location: The Long Forgotten Name Nobody Remembers

Regional Influence: Superpower


The Disturbing Endless Playtime of Puppets and Strings is a massive, safe nation, ruled by The Hand with an iron fist, and notable for its lack of airports, state-planned economy, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.48 billion Puppets 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Toy Box. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.8%.

The sizeable but inefficient Strung economy, worth 97.2 trillion Snapped Bloodied Wires 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. 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 65,654 Snapped Bloodied Wires, with the richest citizens earning 5.5 times as much as the poorest.

Knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst, military spending recently hit a new high, and the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Ventriloquist Screaming Oozing Owl Dung" has been declared a national treasure. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Puppets and Strings's national animal is the Ventriloquist Screaming Oozing Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Binding Strings.

Puppets and Strings is ranked 200,145th in the world and 5th in The Long Forgotten Name Nobody Remembers for Fattest Citizens, with 5.37 Obesity Rate.

Most Primitive: 350thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,016thMost Devout: 1,552ndTop
Most Authoritarian: 2,910thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,986thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,142ndMost Conservative: 5,328thNudest: 6,464thBest Weather: 6,751stMost Corrupt Governments: 7,235thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,668thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,191stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,182ndTop
Largest Black Market: 11,493rdLowest Crime Rates: 11,615thMost Extreme: 13,652ndMost Beautiful Environments: 14,946thLargest Governments: 15,143rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,514thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,056th

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