by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 4,257th Most Ignorant Citizens: 6,284th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6,754th
The Crowned Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Honoris Causa
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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The Crowned Republic of Azura is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Alex Kraeger with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, disturbing lack of elderly people, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 10.089 billion Cierrans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Administration are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital District of Carteret. The average income tax rate is 23.6%.

The all-consuming Cierran economy, worth 827 trillion Cierran Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 82,065 Cierran Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, sales of fishnet stockings have reached a record high, fine dining is just too fine for most of the populace, and strategic economic sectors are controlled by the state. Crime is moderate. Azura's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Azura is ranked 26,503rd in the world and 1,081st in Balder for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 96.11 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Black Market: 4,257thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,284thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,754thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 7,724thMost Devout: 10,353rdMost Armed: 12,427thHighest Economic Output: 12,980thLargest Populations: 13,235th
Largest Black Market: 192nd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 243rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 260th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 262nd in the regionMost Armed: 358th in the regionLargest Populations: 421st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Azura's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Azura's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Azura's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Azura's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Azura altered its national flag.
  • : Azura was refounded in Balder.
  • : Azura ceased to exist in Teremara.
  • : Azura was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Azura's influence in Teremara fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Azura's influence in Teremara fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".


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