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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,487thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,036thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,598th
The United Socialist Realms of
Mother Knows Best State
For Only the Moon Can Judge Us
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Karsknev

Population17.839 billion

CapitalNew Harmonia
LeaderSupreme-Lady Geniveve A Stewart
FaithSL Stewart's cult of personality

CurrencyKarsnevk
AnimalAlbino Peacock

The United Socialist Realms of Karsknev is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Supreme-Lady Geniveve A Stewart with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical, humorless population of 17.839 billion Karsknevins are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Harmonia. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Karsknevian economy, worth a remarkable 1,407 trillion Karsnevks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 78,921 Karsnevks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The sound of wooden legs echo throughout Karsknev after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax, billions of Karsnevks are being blown on orbital weapons development, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Karsknev, and Karsknev's schoolchildren are manufactured into a segregated bunch of soldiers, religious zealots, and computer technicians. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karsknev's national animal is the Albino Peacock, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is SL Stewart's cult of personality.

Karsknev is ranked 139,656th in the world and 5,166th in Osiris for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 859.43 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,487thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,036thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,598thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,287thLargest Populations: 10,483rdLowest Crime Rates: 11,912thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 12,720thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,022ndLargest Governments: 13,524thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,457thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,824thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,047thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,055thSafest: 19,220thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,612thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,799thBest Weather: 23,848th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 155th in the regionLargest Populations: 256th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 401st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 411th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 428th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 607th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 658th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 711th in the regionLargest Governments: 728th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 753rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 777th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 820th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Karsknev was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Karsknev was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Karsknev was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Karsknev's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Karsknev was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations, Highest Average Tax Rates, Most Advanced Public Transport, Highest Foreign Aid Spending, and Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Karsknev's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".
  • : Karsknev was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Karsknev ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Karsknev's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Karsknev's influence in Osiris fell from "Minnow" to "Nipper".

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