by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,071stMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,038thSafest: 6,080th
The Kingdom of
Authoritarian Democracy
Instinct, Peace, Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population2.593 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Isaak Fathi

AnimalSand Cat

The Kingdom of Ardelark is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Isaak Fathi with an even hand, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.593 billion Ardelarkians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, moralistic, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mintaka. The average income tax rate is 85.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Ardelarkian economy, worth 199 trillion Kwarts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 76,821 Kwarts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Incarcerated crime lords manage their empires from massage tables, going on a diet invalidates your passport, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, and consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ardelark's national animal is the Sand Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Islam.

Ardelark is ranked 65,284th in the world and 200th in Forest for Most Income Equality, scoring 53.18 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Welfare Programs: 3,071stMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,038thSafest: 6,080thMost Pacifist: 6,091stBest Weather: 6,964thMost Devout: 7,015thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,284thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,702ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,332ndNicest Citizens: 10,051stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,556thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,690thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,199thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,036thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,305thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,353rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,479thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 16,100thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,199thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,682ndMost Inclusive: 22,677thLargest Governments: 24,177th
Most Conservative: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ardelark was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Ardelark lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Ardelark created a custom banner.
  • : Ardelark created a custom banner.
  • : Ardelark created a custom banner.
  • : Ardelark created a custom banner.
  • : Ardelark altered its national flag.
  • : Ardelark altered its national flag.
  • : Ardelark was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Ardelark altered its national flag.