by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,066thNudest: 2,809thLargest Black Market: 3,078th
The Ancient Hegemonic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Have faith in tradition, allow room for the future
Empress Daciana II
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population12.546 billion

LeaderEmpress Daciana II
FaithSparkan Orthodox


The Ancient Hegemonic Empire of Sparka is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Empress Daciana II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.546 billion Sparkans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfsbourg. The average income tax rate is 80.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Sparkan economy, worth a remarkable 1,699 trillion Spareks 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. 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 135,500 Spareks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Mandatory spouse selection pairs elderly apparatchiki with stunningly beautiful supermodels, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', and planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sparka's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Sparkan Orthodox.

Sparka is ranked 186,843rd in the world and 4th in Ikuisuus for Most Primitive, scoring -219.09 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,066thTop
Nudest: 2,809thLargest Black Market: 3,078thMost Avoided: 3,769thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,873rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,200thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,768thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,950thLowest Crime Rates: 7,969thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,052ndHighest Economic Output: 9,182ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,210thTop
Largest Governments: 12,059thMost Secular: 13,520thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,718thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,340thMost Authoritarian: 14,463rdHighest Poor Incomes: 16,651stLargest Retail Industry: 16,839thHighest Average Incomes: 17,097thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,957thLargest Populations: 19,629th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sparka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Sparka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Sparka was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Sparka's influence in Ikuisuus rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Sparka's influence in Ikuisuus rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Sparka's influence in Ikuisuus rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Sparka's influence in Ikuisuus rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Sparka relocated from Balder to Ikuisuus.
  • : Sparka altered its national flag.
  • : Sparka was refounded in Balder.


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