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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,796th Most Avoided: 8,481st Most Authoritarian: 11,006th
The Matriarchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One mind then billions now one again
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Krirken Swarm

Population1.391 billion

CapitalChidatera
LeaderSwarm Queen Khik'an

Currencymineral
Animalant

The Matriarchy of The Krirken Swarm is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Swarm Queen Khik'an with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, prohibition of alcohol, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.391 billion Krirkens 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 large, corrupt, 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 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Krirken economy, worth 63.1 trillion minerals 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 Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 45,391 minerals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government's official stance on religion is that it is so very silly, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, and the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded 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 125,695th in the world and 5,304th in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -2.5 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,796thTop
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Most Avoided: 8,481stMost Authoritarian: 11,006thMost Secular: 16,520th
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Most Authoritarian: 375th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 521st in the regionMost Avoided: 536th in the regionMost Income Equality: 631st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, the government's official stance on religion is that it is so very silly.
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, it's always rabbit season.
  • : The Krirken Swarm's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, it is mandatory for actors to exit stage left.
  • : The Krirken Swarm's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in The Krirken Swarm, fat-shaming is now public policy.

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