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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 45thMost Advanced Public Transport: 58thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 82nd
The Socialist Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
When the cities burn down, we'll all keep warm
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.835 billion

LeaderGeneral Secretary Oksana Andronikov

CurrencyPeoples' Ruble

The Socialist Republic of Korskha is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by General Secretary Oksana Andronikov with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 7.835 billion Korskhovites are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Korskhovia. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Korskhovite economy, worth a remarkable 1,755 trillion Peoples' Rubles a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an amazing 224,029 Peoples' Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Arriving late for dinner is considered the height of selfishness, citizens are remarkably well involved in the political process, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, and jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Korskha's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Korskha is ranked 128,439th in the world and 3,291st in Balder for Most Influential, scoring 28 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 45thMost Advanced Public Transport: 58thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 82ndLargest Welfare Programs: 118thMost Subsidized Industry: 168thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 214thHighest Average Tax Rates: 261stMost Advanced Public Education: 299thMost Pacifist: 302ndMost Developed: 323rdLargest Governments: 338thLongest Average Lifespans: 376thLowest Crime Rates: 555thHealthiest Citizens: 591stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 616thNicest Citizens: 669thMost Inclusive: 673rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 684thMost Cultured: 749thMost Beautiful Environments: 858thMost Cheerful Citizens: 950thMost Efficient Economies: 975thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,050thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,161stSmartest Citizens: 1,196thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,386thBest Weather: 1,418thSafest: 1,545thMost Secular: 1,739thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,808thHighest Average Incomes: 4,527thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,294thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,087thHighest Economic Output: 8,184thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,273rdTop
Most Income Equality: 17,692nd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Inclusive: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 42nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 53rd in the regionMost Secular: 57th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 62nd in the regionSafest: 65th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 83rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 207th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 307th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 338th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 339th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 397th in the regionMost Income Equality: 528th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Korskha was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Korskha's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Korskha was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Korskha's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Korskha's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Korskha was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Korskha's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Korskha was refounded in Balder.
  • : Korskha ceased to exist in Selene.
  • : Korskha's influence in Selene rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".


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