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Largest Black Market: 62ndMost Patriotic: 70thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 101st
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

Population25.552 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 notable for its enslaved workforce, keen interest in outer space, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 25.552 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, although Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. 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 15,727 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 615,511 Khermarks, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

The only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it, the military will start wars with other nations on a lark, talkative students are escorted from schools in second-hand prison buses, and teen boys and girls find stick-figure-aided lectures on their comradestruation emphasises socialist unity more than biology. 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 303,391st in the world and 49th in The Commonwealth Society for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -268 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Largest Black Market: 62ndMost Patriotic: 70thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 101stHighest Average Incomes: 189thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 211thLargest Mining Sector: 215thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 218thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 227thLargest Insurance Industry: 254thHighest Economic Output: 282ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 291stLowest Crime Rates: 302ndMost Corrupt Governments: 349thLargest Information Technology Sector: 481stMost Advanced Public Transport: 487thLargest Agricultural Sector: 515thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 621stLargest Governments: 657thMost Conservative: 662ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 811thMost Advanced Public Education: 853rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 861stHighest Average Tax Rates: 920thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,021stMost Developed: 1,161stMost Devout: 1,162ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,251stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,497thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,745thSmartest Citizens: 1,858thHealthiest Citizens: 1,901stMost Efficient Economies: 2,891stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3,256thMost Authoritarian: 4,381stMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,145thLargest Populations: 7,303rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,517thMost Influential: 14,511thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,624thLargest Retail Industry: 23,594thMost Extreme: 26,539th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, teen boys and girls find stick-figure-aided lectures on their comradestruation emphasises socialist unity more than biology.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, talkative students are escorted from schools in second-hand prison buses.
  • : Kherkov lodged a message on the The Commonwealth Society Regional Message Board.
  • : Kherkov updated the World Factbook entry in The Commonwealth Society.
  • : Kherkov lodged a message on the The Commonwealth Society Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, the military will start wars with other nations on a lark.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Kherkov, the meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42.
  • : Kherkov was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.

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