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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 342ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 838thLargest Retail Industry: 978th
The Principality of
Corporate Police State
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Ezkio

Population3.977 billion

CapitalLilac Veritas
LeaderHwan
FaithGreed

Currencyezkian real
Animalvulture

The Principality of Ezkio is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Hwan with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.977 billion Ezkians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lilac Veritas. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ezkioan economy, worth 757 trillion ezkian reais a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 190,595 ezkian reais, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,748,444 per year while the poor average 2,189, a ratio of 798 to 1.

Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled, and the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Ezkio's national animal is the vulture, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Greed.

Ezkio is ranked 110,806th in the world and 233rd in The Black Hawks for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 755.82 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 342ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 838thLargest Retail Industry: 978thMost Avoided: 1,032ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,226thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,277thMost Secular: 1,566thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,749thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,913thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,085thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,098thFattest Citizens: 2,104thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,394thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,790thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,021stLargest Mining Sector: 3,855thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,870thRudest Citizens: 4,077thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,168thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,962ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,147thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,855thMost Conservative: 6,969thHighest Average Incomes: 7,134thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,138thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,749thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,364thLargest Black Market: 12,278thMost Pro-Market: 15,549thMost Extreme: 16,244th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 18th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 33rd in the regionMost Conservative: 36th in the regionMost Extreme: 37th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, morale within the seismologist community has hit rock bottom.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ezkio, theories abound over why conspiracy theorists are being arrested.

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