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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,163rd Fattest Citizens: 4,633rd Highest Disposable Incomes: 5,801st
The Confederacy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Industry, Economy, Eternity
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

East Ares

Population1.868 billion

CapitalCharleston
LeaderPresident Joseph Charleston
FaithCapitalism

CurrencySword
AnimalEagle

The Confederacy of East Ares is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by President Joseph Charleston with an iron fist, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.868 billion East Aresians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Charleston. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.9%.

The frighteningly efficient East Aresian economy, worth 240 trillion Swords a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,785 Swords, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 468,245 per year while the poor average 25,201, a ratio of 18.6 to 1.

Charleston's iconic yellow taxis are nowhere to be seen, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget, and East Ares is notorious for its citizens' infidelity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Ares's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Capitalism.

East Ares is ranked 11,782nd in the world and 3rd in The Divisive States of Quah for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 7,489.55 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,163rdFattest Citizens: 4,633rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,801stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,954thLargest Retail Industry: 7,164thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,379thTop
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Most Avoided: 8,936thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,549thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,663rdLargest Mining Sector: 11,782ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,339thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,213thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,377thMost Efficient Economies: 13,594thHighest Drug Use: 15,049thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,537thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,799thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,843rdLargest Black Market: 16,685th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : East Ares was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : East Ares changed its national leader to "President Joseph Charleston".
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, East Ares is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, fiscal policy hawks decry the sizable "panem et circenses" fund added to the public budget.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, Charleston's iconic yellow taxis are nowhere to be seen.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary".
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, the nation's most popular sport is sabotaging foreigners' hopes and dreams.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Charleston.

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