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Highest Crime Rates: 4,296thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,844thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,125th
The Kingdom of
Compulsory Consumerist State
As above, so below. As within, so without.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population8.075 billion

LeaderThe Erlking


The Kingdom of Erlkonig is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Erlking with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, frequent executions, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 8.075 billion Erls 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 minute, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The strong Erlkonian economy, worth 441 trillion Leaveses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Retail. Average income is 54,689 Leaveses, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 276,281 per year while the poor average 6,024, a ratio of 45.9 to 1.

Nude art is becoming wildly popular, the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary, and a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Erlkonig's national animal is the Wolfhound.

Erlkonig is ranked 185,833rd in the world and 111th in Caer Sidi for Best Weather, with 95 Meters Of Sunlight.

Highest Crime Rates: 4,296thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,844thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,125thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,959thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,243rdMost Armed: 15,303rdMost Pro-Market: 18,119thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,994thLargest Gambling Industry: 22,227th
Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the region

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