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The Caliphate of Syrakhstan

“Tomorrow the snow will melt and the plains will emerge.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Audax

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The Caliphate of Syrakhstan is a colossal, economically powerful nation, ruled by Ayatollah Mahdavi with an iron fist, and renowned for its strong anti-business policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.467 billion Syrakhstanis are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, pro-business government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defence, and Education. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asgabhad. The average income tax rate is 96%. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing.

Government policy is dictated by Islam, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, murder victims' families receive windfall payouts when the murderers are executed, and new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Syrakhstan to be bombproof. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Syrakhstan's national animal is the Persian Leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, its national religion is Islam, and its currency is the Shahi.

Syrakhstan is ranked 36th in Audax and 106,685th in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -16 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 5 days ago

  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Syrakhstan to be bombproof.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, murder victims' families receive windfall payouts when the murderers are executed.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, government policy is dictated by Islam.
  • 10 days ago: Syrakhstan's influence in Audax rose from "Minnow" to "Vassal".
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, the workforce is almost entirely made up of slave labour.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, the ban on cars has been repealed.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, citizens who fail to follow the official national religion are executed.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Syrakhstan, suicide victims often leave behind cash to cover the cost of their fines.

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