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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,652ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,459thMost Primitive: 3,704th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Emperor Francis I
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Avacquer

Population663 million

CapitalCombleux

Currencyfranc
Animalsunbird

The Empire of Avacquer is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 663 million Avacquerans 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while International Aid and Public Transport are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Combleux. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 63.9%.

The all-consuming Avacqueran economy, worth 74.4 trillion francs a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 112,165 francs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 518,702 per year while the poor average 14,633, a ratio of 35.4 to 1.

Children playing with walkie-talkies are told to 'get a job', credit scores fluctuate wildly with every change of government, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Avacquer Blood Tithe, and diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Avacquer's national animal is the sunbird, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Avacquer is ranked 268,759th in the world and 12,398th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 0.53 quips per hour.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,652ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,459thTop
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Most Primitive: 3,704thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,454thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,728thMost Influential: 4,989thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,870thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,537thMost Patriotic: 7,064thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,367thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,466thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,675thMost Devout: 9,801stMost Conservative: 10,163rdMost Authoritarian: 11,297thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,457thLargest Mining Sector: 12,570thTop
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Largest Black Market: 18,615thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19,215thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,741stMost Avoided: 25,927thMost Valuable International Artwork: 26,093rdMost Subsidized Industry: 26,226th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 43rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 67th in the regionMost Primitive: 91st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 91st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 139th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 169th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 169th in the regionMost Patriotic: 170th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionMost Devout: 192nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 215th in the regionLargest Black Market: 257th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 274th in the regionMost Avoided: 334th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 370th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 527th in the regionMost Influential: 539th in the regionMost Conservative: 575th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 592nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 601st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 620th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 636th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 746th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 763rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 885th in the regionLargest Governments: 967th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1,042nd in the regionMost Cultured: 1,093rd in the regionMost Extreme: 1,192nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat".
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Avacquer Blood Tithe.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, credit scores fluctuate wildly with every change of government.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, children playing with walkie-talkies are told to 'get a job'.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, glassy-eyed Avacqueran wives lifelessly chant "I love you" on command.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, psychological disorders are a taboo subject.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, citizens wouldn't recognise Leader if they passed one another on the street.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, crop circles are intently studied by investigators with questionable merits.
  • : Avacquer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Avacquer, public parks are on the upswing.

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