by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 948th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,480th Most Influential: 1,546th
The Grand People's Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Labor and Liberty
Interimen Frek Gneles
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population13.651 billion

CapitalNew Garos
LeaderInterimen Frek Gneles
FaithState Atheism


The Grand People's Republic of Arkotania is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Interimen Frek Gneles with an iron fist, and renowned for its vat-grown people, frequent executions, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.651 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 80.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Arkotanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,541 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 186,165 ArkCreds, with the richest citizens earning 7.3 times as much as the poorest.

Excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions, weapons produced by newly nationalized armaments factories have been found to contain sawdust instead of gunpowder, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons, and the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies. 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 76,063rd in the world and 12th in Imperium of the Wolf for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 747.4 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Largest Black Market: 948thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,480thMost Influential: 1,546thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,563rdTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,117thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,161stHighest Economic Output: 3,904thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,933rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,686thMost Devout: 5,180thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,748thHighest Average Incomes: 6,893rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,432ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,535thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,680thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,089thLargest Governments: 9,456thLargest Populations: 10,107thMost Efficient Economies: 11,663rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,811thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,216thHighest Drug Use: 12,480thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,357thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15,339thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,866th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 2nd in the region

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