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Most Authoritarian: 5,283rdMost Income Equality: 13,505thMost Extreme: 14,123rd
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Further beyond
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Tarkvald

Population566 million

CapitalSurnín

Currencyvis
Animaltiger

The Republic of Tarkvald is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 566 million Tarks 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 Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Surnín. The average income tax rate is 71.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Tarkish economy, worth 13.3 trillion vis 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 Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 23,423 vis, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines, and the public are free to vote for whomever the government wants in office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tarkvald's national animal is the tiger, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Tarkvald is ranked 155,805th in the world and 4,936th in Lazarus for Best Weather, with 79 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most Authoritarian: 5,283rdTop
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Most Income Equality: 13,505thMost Extreme: 14,123rdMost Conservative: 17,329th
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Most Authoritarian: 172nd in the regionMost Extreme: 263rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 380th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tarkvald was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, the public are free to vote for whomever the government wants in office.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, employees who skip lunch to avoid sub-par cafeteria food risk getting fired.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Tarkvald, the nation's secret service is so secret that nobody knows if it has one.
  • : Tarkvald published "Vanguard Army Tank Corps (Heavy WIP)" (Factbook: Military).

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