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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,861stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,171stMost Ignorant Citizens: 21,605th
The Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Justice, Piety, Loyalty
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Iking

Population840 million

Currencylira
AnimalShark

The Dictatorship of Iking is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 840 million Ikians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 34.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Ikingian economy, worth 56.0 trillion lire 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, fairly diversified black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 66,608 lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

This summer's chart-toppers sound almost the same as last year's, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution, and a little pushing and pulling is needed for big ships to pass. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iking's national animal is the Shark, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans.

Iking is ranked 41,777th in the world and 13th in The Axis of Evil for Most Patriotic, with 31.41 flags saluted per person per day.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,861stTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,171stMost Ignorant Citizens: 21,605th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iking was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Iking's influence in The Axis of Evil fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".
  • : Iking's influence in The Axis of Evil rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Iking was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, a little pushing and pulling is needed for big ships to pass.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, this summer's chart-toppers sound almost the same as last year's.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Iking, programmes of questionable content are shown at peak-hours.

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