by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 927th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,472nd Most Influential: 1,490th
The Grand People's Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Labor and Liberty
Interimen Frek Gneles
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.76 billion

CapitalNew Garos
LeaderInterimen Frek Gneles
FaithState Atheism


The Grand People's Republic of Arkotania is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Interimen Frek Gneles with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, vat-grown people, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.76 billion Arkotani are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Garos. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 80.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Arkotanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,346 trillion ArkCreds 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 183,882 ArkCreds, with the richest citizens earning 7.4 times as much as the poorest.

Government officials frown on anything more technologically advanced than an abacus, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies, and advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arkotania's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Arkotania is ranked 8,982nd in the world and 11th in Imperium of the Wolf for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 26,961.16 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Largest Black Market: 927thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,472ndMost Influential: 1,490thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,600thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,206thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,162ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,820thHighest Economic Output: 4,098thMost Devout: 5,151stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,152ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,795thHighest Average Incomes: 7,011thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,704thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,529thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,982ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,557thLargest Governments: 9,641stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,463rdLargest Populations: 10,568thMost Efficient Economies: 11,748thHighest Drug Use: 12,323rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,661stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,964thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15,773rd
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 2nd in the region

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