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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 653rd Most Influential: 957th Nudest: 1,509th
The Space Trade Station of
Father Knows Best State
Welcome to Arc Station 1
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Polar Arc

Population2.305 billion

CapitalArc Station 1

CurrencyGalactic Credits
AnimalRobo Seals

The Space Trade Station of Polar Arc is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Pirpire with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, ban on automobiles, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.305 billion Penguins 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arc Station 1. The average income tax rate is 56.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Polar Arcian economy, worth 343 trillion Galactic Credits a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 148,865 Galactic Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin, veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers, and tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Polar Arc's national animal is the Robo Seals, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Penguinism.

Polar Arc is ranked 95,832nd in the world and 5,510th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,037.08 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 653rdMost Influential: 957thNudest: 1,509thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,327thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,684thLargest Black Market: 6,493rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,820thLargest Mining Sector: 7,640thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,997thMost Efficient Economies: 8,776thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 9,936thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,048thMost Developed: 10,945thMost Armed: 11,892ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,097thHighest Average Incomes: 12,498thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,070thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,084thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,371stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,488thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,724thHealthiest Citizens: 17,269thSmartest Citizens: 17,380th
Nudest: 37th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 110th in the regionLargest Black Market: 162nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 193rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 241st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 333rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 341st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 354th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 363rd in the regionMost Influential: 397th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 418th in the regionMost Armed: 425th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 457th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 471st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 484th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 554th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 556th in the regionMost Developed: 621st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 647th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 690th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 744th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 882nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 882nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 903rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 910th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 953rd in the regionLargest Governments: 1,010th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, deceased politicians' MyFace profiles are unanimously pro-incumbent.
  • : Polar Arc was endorsed by The Constitutional Monarchy of Californian Redwood.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, the fattest folk in Polar Arc look to be the happiest ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Pirpire's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in Polar Arc, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 147 » Spiritual Lyrical Individual Miracles, The Akhara Islands, The Iron Lions, Republic of AJ, Buckerino, Siwale, Notyoutopia, Pallaith, Shin-Hachioji, Puczovska, South Grand Mountain, Tharissus, Great Bights Mum, Selfgradatude, Yaorozu, Anima Proxa, Diodone, Kelvaros Prime, Yaris, I Am Bad At Naming Nations, HMS Unicorn, Holy Oranz, Seven Hills, Sheppey, Bharathvarsh, Friently, Cloydicia, Sil Dorsett, Sankami, Lord Ravenclaw, McMasterdonia, Casom, Ausrea, Bayern-Straubing, The Lancerian Empire, Aerilia, Moubarakistan, Universal State Formula, Amerian States, General COE, Xentherida, American MapleStory, Territorio di Nessuno, Tredano, PlanetPunk, Che Sana Und, Corfad, Pakistan 001, Inorganic Tomb Thing, Ice and Tinian, and 97 others.Lionia, Kwaj, Barbarossistanian South Brasilistan, Phillywob, Wodan, Beodarasc, SchoolHouse Rock, Shadowrik, Thenaca, Forunte, Wineclaw, Sunto, Ainsworth, Xinchao, Bax-Landia, Victoriaans Nederlands, Republic of Dixie, Zedeya, Midds Conia, Olytemis, The Global Socialist Republic, Misthas, Unimaginable Doom, Krakovhia, Apetopia, Englachev, Camarthen, Vazali, Dreylus, Maott, Venezuelia, Celasur, Agrauron, Kingdom of Space, Mzeusia, Gladio II, Malvad, Mercy Land, Azzarel, NatsukiLand, Nationalist Republic of Alaska, New Fingland, Canada GR, Merconitonitopia, Aningem Atron, Astal Aavors, Armra Xia, Islandsria, Lungha, Prevaland, Avornica, SillyString, Tawya, Pop Prorp, Eglise Sainte Eve, Illusia and Neverendia, Alsatian Island, Novo England, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Frances Francis the First of France, The Mazur Empire, A Terribly Charismatic Duck, Equality of Nations, Drasvidania, Ktyria, Morlanka, Atain, LaKronia, Mirandako Herri Errepublika, Braussland, Panama Coalition, Pandessiand, Wesley Republic, Mordant99, Omicron Persei V111, East Supple Lund, Nueava Libertalia, Freienland, Albacria, Zyvetskistaahn, Crazy Kongo, ThE eNd oF eE, Benolia, Uthill, Ozstan, ABC, AGoodPlace, Sallanas, Guslantis, Yukti, The Oceanic Lands, Underground Techno, Q w e r t y, Shibutani, Malta Comino Gozo, THX1138, and Californian Redwood.

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