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Most Armed: 413thHighest Crime Rates: 505thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 699th
The Emergency Powers Republic of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Arabian People forever free
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Free Arabian Nation

Population4.451 billion

CapitalBaghdad
LeaderAbbas Ibn Arabiya
FaithReformist Islam

CurrencyDinar
AnimalCamel

The Emergency Powers Republic of Free Arabian Nation is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Abbas Ibn Arabiya with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.451 billion Arabs enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baghdad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Arabian economy, worth 670 trillion Dinars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 150,623 Dinars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,318,937 per year while the poor average 2,597, a ratio of 507 to 1.

Not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls, children usually cry on their first day of school, and trying to toast marshmallows in an electric fireplace just isn't the same. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Free Arabian Nation's national animal is the Camel, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Reformist Islam.

Free Arabian Nation is ranked 166,686th in the world and 6,046th in Osiris for Most Politically Free, scoring 24 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Armed: 413thHighest Crime Rates: 505thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 699thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,065thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,401stLargest Gambling Industry: 1,511thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,601stFattest Citizens: 1,648thMost Avoided: 1,653rdTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,734thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,881stRudest Citizens: 2,890thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,293rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,298thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,707thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,200thLargest Retail Industry: 6,353rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,514thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,052ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11,450thHighest Average Incomes: 13,372ndHighest Drug Use: 13,522ndMost Secular: 14,015thMost Pro-Market: 15,635thMost Efficient Economies: 18,255th
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Most Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 45th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 62nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 67th in the regionFattest Citizens: 71st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Avoided: 82nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 125th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 163rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 181st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 207th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 230th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 240th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 317th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 354th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 422nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 548th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 602nd in the regionMost Secular: 680th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 684th in the region

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