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Most Devout: 414thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,352ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,703rd
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We never trouble trouble until trouble troubles us!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Rashkaland

Population3.009 billion

CapitalRashkalon
LeaderKlonimir Jeddai Ratibor the fearless
Faithrodnoveri

Currencydeenargrosh
AnimalSlavic dragon

The Empire of Rashkaland is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Klonimir Jeddai Ratibor the fearless with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, ritual sacrifices, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.009 billion Rashkalandeem 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rashkalon. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Rashkalandi economy, worth 433 trillion deenargroshes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 144,120 deenargroshes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register, former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, and many suspect that the 'Whinny The Plop' children's magazine contains covert criticism of Klonimir Jeddai Ratibor the fearless. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rashkaland's national animal is the Slavic dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is rodnoveri.

Rashkaland is ranked 205,439th in the world and 347th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -24.86 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Devout: 414thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,352ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,703rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,036thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,190thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,487thMost Primitive: 2,602ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2,858thMost Cultured: 3,251stLargest Governments: 3,501stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,573rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,712thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,077thBest Weather: 4,654thMost Authoritarian: 5,289thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,947thMost Conservative: 6,578thMost Developed: 6,876thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,105thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,204thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,842ndTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 12,516thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,787thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,879thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,486thHighest Average Incomes: 14,786thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,209thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,841stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,875thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,998thMost Extreme: 18,342ndSmartest Citizens: 19,103rd
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Most Devout: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 19th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionMost Extreme: 27th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rashkaland's influence in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, many suspect that the 'Whinny The Plop' children's magazine contains covert criticism of Klonimir Jeddai Ratibor the fearless.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, former public radio talk pundits are being deployed to front line war zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints.
  • : Following new legislation in Rashkaland, diaper sales are up.

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