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Most Secular: 1,913thMost Authoritarian: 9,865thLowest Crime Rates: 11,203rd
The Matriarchy of
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One mind then billions now one again
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The Krirken Swarm

Population4.378 billion

LeaderSwarm Queen Khik'an the Unifier


The Matriarchy of The Krirken Swarm is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Swarm Queen Khik'an the Unifier with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.378 billion Krirkens 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 Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chidatera. The average income tax rate is 83.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Krirken economy, worth 283 trillion minerals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 64,721 minerals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, the nation has declared war on all passing comets, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, and the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in Balder. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Krirken Swarm's national animal is the ant, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Krirken Swarm is ranked 42,659th in the world and 2,117th in Balder for Best Weather, with 120 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Secular: 1,913thTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,865thLowest Crime Rates: 11,203rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 12,894thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,223rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,346thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,734thLargest Governments: 16,969thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,294thHealthiest Citizens: 23,175thSafest: 23,862ndLongest Average Lifespans: 24,402nd
Most Secular: 54th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 304th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 553rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 587th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 665th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 673rd in the regionMost Influential: 704th in the region

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