Monday, May 03, 2004

Anarchic Statehood 

I've discovered a website in which I can fulfil my dreams of world - or at least state - domination: Nation States (TM). And so I've established the People's Republic of Sovereign Blades, which has the following characteristics:

Civil Rights: Excellent Economy: Basket Case Political Freedoms: Excellent

Location: Magdalenia

The People's Republic of Sovereign Blades is a tiny, socially progressive nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 5 million are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Social Welfare, with areas such as Law & Order and Defence receiving almost no funds by comparison. The average income tax rate is 67%, and even higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Door-to-door Insurance Sales.

Crime is totally unknown. Sovereign Blades's national animal is the yorkshire terrier, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the potato.

Now to see how I survive in the world of virtual politics...

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