by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 4,233rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,327thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,276th
The Kingdom of
Compulsory Consumerist State
As above, so below. As within, so without.
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Erlkonig

Population10.51 billion

LeaderThe Erlking

CurrencyLeaves
AnimalWolfhound

The Kingdom of Erlkonig is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Erlking with an iron fist, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, public floggings, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 10.51 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 Education, Defense, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.8%.

The strong Erlkonian economy, worth 574 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 222,423rd in the world and 172nd in Caer Sidi for Smartest Citizens, with 18.34 quips per hour.

Top
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 4,233rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,327thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,276thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12,098thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,963rdTop
10%
Most Armed: 14,629thLargest Gambling Industry: 24,131stMost Pro-Market: 24,407thMost Influential: 25,494th
Top
5%
Most Pro-Market: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionTop
10%
Most Armed: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Erlkonig was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Erlkonig was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Erlkonig was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Erlkonig was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Erlkonig was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Erlkonig's influence in Caer Sidi rose from "Newcomer" to "Apprentice".
  • : Erlkonig altered its national flag.
  • : Erlkonig relocated from Osiris to Caer Sidi.
  • : Erlkonig was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Erlkonig ceased to exist in Caer Sidi.

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