by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 3,478th Highest Poor Incomes: 3,920th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4,512th
The Armed Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Noli me tangere
Adele van Tiberia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.986 billion

LeaderAdele van Tiberia


The Armed Republic of Auristania is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Adele van Tiberia with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, state-planned economy, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 5.986 billion Auristanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caerdiwazz. The average income tax rate is 84.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auristanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,008 trillion dariqs 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 a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 168,456 dariqs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away, golden statues of eagles line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District, marijuana is legal in the privacy of your own home, and Auristanian husbands are dead good at fathering kids. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Auristania's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pontiffism.

Auristania is ranked 6,395th in the world and 133rd in the Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 124.18 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Black Market: 3,478thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,920thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,512thMost Cultured: 4,772ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,395thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 8,640thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,773rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,469thLargest Governments: 9,489thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,547thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,453rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,639thMost Stationary: 13,139thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,618thLowest Crime Rates: 13,816thHighest Economic Output: 13,981stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,134thMost Efficient Economies: 14,457thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,525thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,627thMost Developed: 15,493rdMost Influential: 16,464thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,120th
Largest Black Market: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 90th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 103rd in the regionMost Cultured: 120th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 173rd in the regionMost Stationary: 173rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 211th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 214th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 215th in the regionLargest Governments: 217th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 244th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 250th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 280th in the regionLargest Populations: 289th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 322nd in the regionMost Influential: 326th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 329th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 345th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 362nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 366th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 372nd in the regionMost Developed: 392nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 431st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 463rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 466th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 495th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 499th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 504th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 531st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 533rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 582nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, Auristanian husbands are dead good at fathering kids.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, marijuana is legal in the privacy of your own home.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, golden statues of eagles line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District.
  • : Auristania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, citizens who don't follow Pontiffism are closely monitored for signs of self-harm.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, the government maintains a Department of Skulduggery.
  • : Following new legislation in Auristania, ghost regiments exist only on paper.


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