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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 101stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 221st
The Eternal Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
No Fear, No Regrets.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Step Forward

Population9.421 billion

LeaderKrishak Aqui
FaithAquixism

CurrencyLihget
AnimalRoyal Red-Tailed Hornet

The Eternal Imperium of The Step Forward is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Krishak Aqui with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, vat-grown people, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.421 billion Forwardians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Education, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Step Forwardian economy, worth a remarkable 3,532 trillion Lihgets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 374,939 Lihgets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Krishak Aqui, brave curators do battle with disorganised government libraries, and conflicted Step Forwardian mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Step Forward's national animal is the Royal Red-Tailed Hornet, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Aquixism.

The Step Forward is ranked 2,808th in the world and 5th in Anteria for Largest Governments, scoring 48 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 101stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 221stLargest Black Market: 510thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 555thMost Armed: 1,020thHighest Average Incomes: 1,023rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,189thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,547thLargest Mining Sector: 1,872ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,931stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,278thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,292ndTop
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Largest Governments: 2,808thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,032ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,179thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,298thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,405thNudest: 3,576thHighest Economic Output: 3,748thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,341stMost Avoided: 4,609thMost Efficient Economies: 6,013thLowest Crime Rates: 6,533rdMost Developed: 6,873rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,147thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,140thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,569thRudest Citizens: 8,991stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,435thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,771stSmartest Citizens: 13,262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,043rdMost Conservative: 16,418thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19,438thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,077th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Conservative: 28th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 38th in the region

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