by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 4,513thFattest Citizens: 6,137thMost Avoided: 6,212th
The Armed Republic of
Father Knows Best State
You mind your business and I'll mind mine.
John Thompson
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Old Soldiers

Population8.554 billion

CapitalFort Croshanka
LeaderJohn Thompson

Animalsnapping turtle

The Armed Republic of Old Soldiers is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by John Thompson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 8.554 billion Old Soldiers 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Croshanka. The average income tax rate is 50.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Old Soldier economy, worth 980 trillion Credits 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 an impressive 114,591 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians, doughnut-makers claim their products are healthy because they are fortified with vitamins, and the state believes that children are what you make of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Soldiers's national animal is the snapping turtle, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Old Soldiers is ranked 31,878th in the world and 81st in Anteria for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 5,054.26 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Armed: 4,513thFattest Citizens: 6,137thMost Avoided: 6,212thLargest Black Market: 8,100thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,704thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,889thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,413thLargest Mining Sector: 14,892ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,323rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,753rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,190thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,725thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18,269thHighest Economic Output: 18,529thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,421stLargest Retail Industry: 23,071st
Most Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Old Soldiers was cleansed by a Level 1 Strike Force Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Democratic States of Fres, killing 1 million zombies.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Old Soldiers's influence in Anteria fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Old Soldiers resigned as Deputy Minister of Anteria.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Old Soldiers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.


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