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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 334thMost Ignorant Citizens: 637thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 779th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Motto...
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Sarthana

Population1.62 billion

Currencykarn
Animalcobra

The Dictatorship of Sarthana is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.62 billion Sarthanans 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 79.5%.

The powerhouse Sarthanan economy, worth 333 trillion karns 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, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 amazing 205,608 karns, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

Urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death, and public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sarthana's national animal is the cobra, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sarthana is ranked 144,076th in the world and 5,535th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring -70 on the Rand Index.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 334thMost Ignorant Citizens: 637thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 779thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,266thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,272ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,395thTop
5%
Most Primitive: 1,731stLargest Mining Sector: 1,737thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,810thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,875thMost Avoided: 2,256thMost Devout: 3,032ndLargest Black Market: 3,177thMost Conservative: 4,707thHighest Average Incomes: 5,633rdMost Authoritarian: 5,821stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,768thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,102ndLowest Crime Rates: 8,334thTop
10%
Largest Governments: 11,246thFattest Citizens: 11,607thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,486thMost Extreme: 14,410thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,621st
Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 39th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 41st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 58th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 58th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 74th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 84th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 90th in the regionMost Primitive: 93rd in the regionMost Avoided: 111th in the regionMost Conservative: 142nd in the regionMost Devout: 155th in the regionLargest Black Market: 181st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 195th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 263rd in the regionMost Extreme: 317th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 371st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 423rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 497th in the regionFattest Citizens: 544th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sarthana's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Sarthana's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Sarthana was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Largest Agricultural Sector and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarthana, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarthana, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarthana, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarthana, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarthana, skateboarding is punishable by heavy fines.
  • : Sarthana was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Sarthana ceased to exist in The West Pacific.

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