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Most Ignorant Citizens: 602ndMost Devout: 1,265thLargest Mining Sector: 1,630th
The Isolated Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
That is not dead which can eternal lie
King Hastur IV
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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ArkdunhAm

Population10.395 billion

CapitalRelyeh
LeaderKing Hastur IV
FaithThe Esoteric Cult of Dagon

Currencyflorin
Animalbat

The Isolated Kingdom of ArkdunhAm is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by King Hastur IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.395 billion Arkians 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Relyeh. The average income tax rate is 67.5%.

The all-consuming Arkian economy, worth a remarkable 1,525 trillion florins 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. 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 impressive 146,730 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, all industry is owned and run by the government, and nobody ever seems to enter or leave the armour-plated flying castle that serves as the seat of government. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. ArkdunhAm's national animal is the bat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Esoteric Cult of Dagon.

ArkdunhAm is ranked 246,357th in the world and 10th in Cinderia for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -11.77 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 602ndMost Devout: 1,265thLargest Mining Sector: 1,630thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,751stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,809thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,826thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,928thLargest Black Market: 2,284thMost Avoided: 2,403rdTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,753rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,804thMost Conservative: 3,745thMost Armed: 4,392ndMost Authoritarian: 10,727thMost Patriotic: 10,953rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,700thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 13,173rdLargest Gambling Industry: 14,415thHighest Average Incomes: 16,181stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,811thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,366th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ArkdunhAm's influence in Cinderia rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : ArkdunhAm was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market, the Top 5% for Most Authoritarian, and the Top 10% for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in ArkdunhAm, nobody ever seems to enter or leave the armour-plated flying castle that serves as the seat of government.
  • : ArkdunhAm's influence in Cinderia rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in ArkdunhAm, all industry is owned and run by the government.
  • : ArkdunhAm altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in ArkdunhAm, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in ArkdunhAm, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in ArkdunhAm, finding half a worm in your apple is an arrestable offense.
  • : ArkdunhAm's influence in Cinderia rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".

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