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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,440th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,707th Largest Welfare Programs: 12,516th
The Greater Communist Union of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Glory to Arstotzka!
Igor Panyukov
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic

Population936 million

CapitalOrvech Vonor
LeaderIgor Panyukov

AnimalArstotzkan eagle

The Greater Communist Union of The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Igor Panyukov with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 936 million Arstotzkans 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Welfare, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orvech Vonor. The average income tax rate is 76.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Arstotzkan economy, worth 64.0 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is 68,343 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The constant playing of Merry Birthday on Arstotzkan radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity, careless Maxémon Trainers have been the cause of numerous search and rescue operations, charged suspects often have to wait years before the courts have room to judge their trial, and an exhibition on Arstotzkan eagle memes is currently starring at the National Art Gallery. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic's national animal is the Arstotzkan eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic is ranked 148,009th in the world and 6,257th in the South Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -9.35 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,440thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,707thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,516thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,047thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,569thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,002nd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 198th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 204th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 307th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 326th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 382nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 437th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 491st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 521st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 554th in the regionLargest Governments: 571st in the regionMost Inclusive: 589th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 595th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 596th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 646th in the region

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