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Largest Gambling Industry: 325thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 541stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 813th
The United Provinces of
Corporate Bordello
Nothing beside remains
Influence
Diplomat
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Superb

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Skartok

Population24.465 billion

CapitalBahqi's Crossing
LeaderGovernor-General Farid Yusuf Al-Duhabi
FaithPolatilianism

CurrencySkartokian riyal
AnimalParrot

The United Provinces of Skartok is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Governor-General Farid Yusuf Al-Duhabi with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 24.465 billion Skartokians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahqi's Crossing. Income tax is unheard of.

The powerhouse Skartokian economy, worth a remarkable 4,176 trillion Skartokian riyals a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 170,724 Skartokian riyals, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 871,868 per year while the poor average 18,403, a ratio of 47.4 to 1.

Animal Liberationists are regularly jailed, an increasing number of animal species are named 'Bob', the nation is now proudly cholera-free, and citizens have a tough time telling the difference between jeans and genes. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Skartok's national animal is the Parrot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Polatilianism.

Skartok is ranked 325th in the world and 1st in Teremara for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 30,847.8 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 325thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 541stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 813thFattest Citizens: 881stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,219thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,576thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,617thMost Devout: 1,717thHighest Crime Rates: 2,196thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,338thRudest Citizens: 2,495thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,814thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,016thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,659thHighest Economic Output: 4,391stLargest Retail Industry: 4,569thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,785thMost Cultured: 6,716thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,904thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,093rdLargest Populations: 8,590thMost Armed: 9,848thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,859thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 15,496thMost Stationary: 16,633rdMost Influential: 18,458thMost Scientifically Advanced: 25,226thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 25,500thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27,201st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok's influence in Teremara fell from "Ambassador" to "Diplomat".
  • : Skartok's influence in Teremara rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".

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