by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,186thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,979thLargest Gambling Industry: 21,051st
The Federation of
Unity, Discipline, Work
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
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Population128 million


The Federation of Erlkong is a very large, efficient nation, remarkable for its irreverence towards religion, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 128 million Erlkongians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.1%.

The very strong Erlkongian economy, worth 7.46 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Retail. Average income is 58,253 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 262,435 per year while the poor average 7,970, a ratio of 32.9 to 1.

The nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, in government offices a hidden killer takes the lives of ministers and civil servants, and Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Erlkong City to enjoy their national art. Crime is a serious problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Erlkong's national animal is the chick, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Erlkong is ranked 243,196th in the world and 407th in Refugia for Most Income Equality, scoring 3.04 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,186thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,979thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 21,051stHighest Crime Rates: 24,846thMost Pro-Market: 24,984th
Most Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Extreme: 30th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 31st in the region

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