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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 742nd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 755th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,237th
The Armed Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The enemies of Tsqaltobon shall rest.
Dato Licheli
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.852 billion

LeaderDato Licheli


The Armed Dictatorship of Tsqaltobon is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Dato Licheli with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.852 billion Tsqals 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 primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Televave. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Tsqal economy, worth 467 trillion Tobons 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 and Information Technology. 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 252,567 Tobons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 816,269 per year while the poor average 59,058, a ratio of 13.8 to 1.

Religious people are committed to mental institutions for treatment, catcalling has been replaced by slut-shaming, gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, and homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tsqaltobon's national animal is the Markhor, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Datoism.

Tsqaltobon is ranked 2,727th in the world and 1st in India for Most Corrupt Governments, with 207.99 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 742ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 755thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,237thMost Conservative: 1,539thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,673rdTop
Most Armed: 1,695thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,304thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,727thHighest Average Incomes: 2,972ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,154thLargest Black Market: 3,213thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,276thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,570thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,955thMost Secular: 4,185thMost Avoided: 5,175thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,188thMost Authoritarian: 5,920thLargest Governments: 6,816thLowest Crime Rates: 7,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,742ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,292ndMost Developed: 8,464thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,510thMost Efficient Economies: 11,092ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,096thLargest Mining Sector: 13,194thSmartest Citizens: 13,684thMost Extreme: 14,462ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,250th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tsqaltobon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement and Most Armed and the Top 5% for Most Subsidized Industry, Most Developed, and Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Tsqaltobon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Tsqaltobon's influence in India rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Tsqaltobon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Tsqaltobon's influence in India rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Tsqaltobon's influence in India rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".
  • : Tsqaltobon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Conservative and the Top 5% for Most Secular.
  • : Tsqaltobon relocated from Redlandia to India.
  • : Tsqaltobon relocated from Balder to Redlandia.
  • : Tsqaltobon created a custom banner.


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