Most Corrupt Governments: 261st Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 286th Largest Insurance Industry: 380th
The Equestrian Kingdom of
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Long Live Artaeum!
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The Equestrian Kingdom of Council of Artaeum is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Izan with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.64 billion Artaeum Equestrians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Unicornia. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Artaeum Equestrian economy, worth a remarkable 2,799 trillion Bits 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 290,393 Bits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,065,485 per year while the poor average 56,024, a ratio of 19.0 to 1.

Several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, Council of Artaeum's schoolchildren are manufactured into a segregated bunch of soldiers, religious zealots, and computer technicians, and invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Council of Artaeum's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Reformed Ponyism.

Council of Artaeum is ranked 21,461st in the world and 92nd in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Authoritarian, with 1.71 Stalins.

Most Corrupt Governments: 261stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 286thLargest Insurance Industry: 380thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 481stLargest Mining Sector: 612thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 746thMost Avoided: 750thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 861stMost Devout: 1,021stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,110thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,113thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,220thHighest Average Incomes: 1,323rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,416thLowest Crime Rates: 1,634thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,757thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,909thHighest Drug Use: 1,964thHighest Economic Output: 2,325thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,193rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,226thLargest Black Market: 3,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,809thMost Stationary: 4,679thMost Conservative: 7,458thHealthiest Citizens: 8,126thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,917thTop
Most Influential: 10,635thLargest Populations: 11,795thRudest Citizens: 13,692ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,312thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,740thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,328thMost Efficient Economies: 15,616th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the region

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