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Most Valuable International Artwork: 393rdNudest: 1,583rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,669th
The Astral Observatory of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
I am the end and the beginning, the hand of madness.
Dax Lacerta
Overseer of Terra Corp
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.232 billion

LeaderDax Lacerta

CurrencyStar dust
AnimalThe Archduke's Toucans and Froot loops

The Astral Observatory of Pterodaxtyl is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Dax Lacerta with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and enforced nudity. The hard-working, cynical, devout population of 3.232 billion Dumbasses are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Magicant. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 49.7%.

The powerhouse Daxtastic economy, worth 190 trillion Star dusts 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 Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Pizza Delivery. 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 59,086 Star dusts, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 181,429 per year while the poor average 14,881, a ratio of 12.2 to 1.

All weapon research has been banned, cowboys often wear wolfskin jackets to the saloon, red rinses are frequently applied to grey hair, and jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pterodaxtyl's national animal is the The Archduke's Toucans and Froot loops, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cilantroism.

Pterodaxtyl is ranked 68,577th in the world and 154th in The Black Hawks for Most Developed, scoring 60.29 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 393rdNudest: 1,583rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,669thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,125thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,602ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,120thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,364thBest Weather: 14,735thMost Beautiful Environments: 23,068thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,145th
Nudest: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 34th in the region

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