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The Archivian Isle of Abalov

Population18 million


The Colony of The Archivian Isle of Abalov is a tiny, orderly nation, notable for its state-planned economy, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The cynical population of 18 million Archivian Isle of Abalovians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 40.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The developing Archivian Isle of Abalovian economy, worth 642 billion Psokis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is 35,685 Psokis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons, the jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism, international trade can be a pain to deal with, and three-year-olds have tantrums because they don't want to be drainage technicians when they grow up. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Archivian Isle of Abalov's national animal is the Fish, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

The Archivian Isle of Abalov is ranked 262,510th in the world and 3rd in The Grand Cat Archives Room for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 46,459 Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,603rd

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