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Largest Black Market: 1,038th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,516th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,719th
The Grand People's Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Labor and Liberty
Interimen Frek Gneles
Influence
Superpower
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Arkotania

Population15.541 billion

CapitalNew Garos
LeaderInterimen Frek Gneles
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyArkCred
AnimalEagle

The Grand People's Republic of Arkotania is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Interimen Frek Gneles with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, anti-smoking policies, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.541 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, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, 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 2,908 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 187,157 ArkCreds, with the richest citizens earning 7.7 times as much as the poorest.

It is impossible to get any work done as auditors swarm every inch of government factories and mines, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth, builders across Arkotania are blocked up with orders for new public loos, and Interimen Frek Gneles tells rebellious ministers to "drop and give me twenty". 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 167,357th in the world and 21st in Imperium of the Wolf for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -12.57 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Top
1%
Largest Black Market: 1,038thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,516thTop
5%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,719thMost Influential: 1,848thLargest Mining Sector: 2,091stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,328thHighest Economic Output: 3,616thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,377thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,663rdMost Devout: 5,621stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,233rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,343rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,951stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,393rdTop
10%
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,564thLargest Governments: 9,055thLargest Populations: 9,333rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,609thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,615thMost Efficient Economies: 12,111thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,316thHighest Drug Use: 13,768thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,873rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,535thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15,928thLargest Retail Industry: 15,974thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,202nd
Top
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Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Largest Populations: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Arkotania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Arkotania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Arkotania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Arkotania lodged a message on the Imperium of the Wolf Regional Message Board.
  • : Arkotania was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Arkotania altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkotania, Interimen Frek Gneles tells rebellious ministers to "drop and give me twenty".
  • : Following new legislation in Arkotania, builders across Arkotania are blocked up with orders for new public loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkotania, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkotania, it is impossible to get any work done as auditors swarm every inch of government factories and mines.

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