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Largest Black Market: 167thHighest Poor Incomes: 188thLargest Publishing Industry: 229th
The Fact Is Marble Is Queen of
Corrupt Dictatorship
I'm The Coolest Thing There Ever Was.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The World of Ares

Population17.228 billion



The Fact Is Marble Is Queen of The World of Ares is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Marble with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, prohibition of alcohol, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.228 billion Goliaths 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, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Felix. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pakkan economy, worth a remarkable 7,459 trillion Tangs 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. 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 432,991 Tangs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The World of Ares has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive, relationships often break down when doctors tell couples they are genetically incompatible, and the church declares that everyone should get a large serving of nuts daily. Crime is totally unknown. The World of Ares's national animal is the Ant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Daddy.

The World of Ares is ranked 161,032nd in the world and 17th in Eladen for Most Conservative, scoring 40.5 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

Largest Black Market: 167thHighest Poor Incomes: 188thLargest Publishing Industry: 229thHighest Average Incomes: 586thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 604thLargest Information Technology Sector: 617thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 721stHighest Economic Output: 980thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,115thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,144thMost Cultured: 1,150thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,151stMost Armed: 1,179thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,263rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,399thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,428thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,622ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,636thMost Devout: 1,763rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,892ndSmartest Citizens: 1,900thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,152ndMost Patriotic: 2,325thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,510thMost Developed: 2,529thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,559thHighest Food Quality: 2,879thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,012thLargest Governments: 3,216thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,421stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,650thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,809thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,231stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,652ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,720thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,994thMost Inclusive: 8,383rdLargest Insurance Industry: 10,319thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,567thTop
Largest Populations: 12,356thLargest Retail Industry: 13,501st
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the region

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