I think I’m starting to get the hang of this now… I still haven’t managed to get back to the economical level I had at the very beginning (for some reason the choices I made on the first dilemmas turned out to have quite a massive and unexpected negative impact), but I’ve had no unexpected decrease in the attributes of interest to me since the last report. Even the political freedom increased, leading to a change from “Benevolent Dictatorship” to “Libertarian Police State” 🙂
I believe the key to success is a massive use of issue dismissal, every time you’re not too sure the game will rate the offered solutions the same way you would. Another lesson is not to worry too much about the taxes, unless it is one of your objective to achieve a specific value for them: they are handled in a totally buggy way (although this is probably actually a feature). Like, a government can provide efficient support in numerous fields while having 0% of taxes (where the money comes from is a mystery), and on the opposite a country can still live with a good economy while having 100% of taxes (how the companies and people survive is a mystery). Similarly crime doesn’t seem to carry any negative economical impact. Still I wish I got some dilemmas allowing me to fix that a bit, that’s getting a bit messy. Anyway, here’s the current situation:
Category: Libertarian Police State
Civil Rights: Superb
Economy: Very Strong
Political Freedoms: Rare
The Armed Republic of Bannannas is a very large, socially progressive nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 112 million are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren’t tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.
There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Defence, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Social Equality receiving almost no funds by comparison. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6%. A robust private sector is led by the Uranium Mining industry, followed by Cheese Exports and Retail.
Most of the military’s funding goes into researching space-age weaponry, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, citizens must pay to enjoy Bannannas’s pristine beaches, and Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity. Crime — especially youth-related — is crippling, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Bannannas’s national animal is the Ape, which is also the nation’s favorite main course, and its currency is the Bannanna.