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Most Patriotic: 63rdLargest Black Market: 66thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 102nd
The People's Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Unser Land und Unser Blut
Influence
Eminence Grise
⚖ Chair / ⚐ Co-Founder
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Kherkov

Population25.051 billion

CapitalGratberg
LeaderKaiser Valentin III
FaithKherkovian Christianity

CurrencyKhermark
AnimalGolden Eagle

The People's Empire of Kherkov is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Kaiser Valentin III with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, triple-decker prams, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 25.051 billion Kherkovians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gratberg. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Kherkovian economy, worth an astonishing 15,398 trillion Khermarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 614,677 Khermarks, with the richest citizens earning 9.0 times as much as the poorest.

A nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero, people think "siege mentality" is a positive trait, slow dancing is made trickier when Auntie Edna insists on standing between the couple's arms, and military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kherkov's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Kherkovian Christianity.

Kherkov is ranked 294th in the world and 1st in The Commonwealth Society for Lowest Crime Rates, with 222.11 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Most Patriotic: 63rdLargest Black Market: 66thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 102ndHighest Average Incomes: 187thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 211thLargest Mining Sector: 212thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 222ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 223rdLargest Insurance Industry: 254thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 285thHighest Economic Output: 288thLowest Crime Rates: 294thMost Corrupt Governments: 326thLargest Information Technology Sector: 476thMost Advanced Public Transport: 494thLargest Agricultural Sector: 500thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 588thLargest Governments: 645thMost Conservative: 689thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 792ndMost Advanced Public Education: 826thMost Scientifically Advanced: 838thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 921stHighest Average Tax Rates: 924thMost Devout: 1,104thMost Developed: 1,129thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,227thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,389thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,593rdSmartest Citizens: 1,779thHealthiest Citizens: 1,877thMost Efficient Economies: 2,751stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3,255thMost Authoritarian: 4,203rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,865thLargest Populations: 7,362ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,474thTop
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Most Influential: 14,972ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,763rdLargest Retail Industry: 22,041stMost Extreme: 24,702nd
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, slow dancing is made trickier when Auntie Edna insists on standing between the couple's arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, people think "siege mentality" is a positive trait.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, you don't need a smoking gun to arrest someone for promoting guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, billions of Khermarks are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, citizens seem fixated on 105m x 45m rectangles.

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