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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 480thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,306thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,334th
The Tsaral Realm of
Father Knows Best State
The light of the Volka Star guides the Realm!
Tsarina Katja Hämäläinen II
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Volstokn

Population10.071 billion

CapitalVolkoniemi
LeaderTsarina Katja Hämäläinen II
FaithElisimism

CurrencyMarkka
AnimalManed Wolf

The Tsaral Realm of Volstokn is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Tsarina Katja Hämäläinen II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.071 billion Volkish are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Volkoniemi. The average income tax rate is 93.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Volkish economy, worth a remarkable 1,795 trillion Markkaa a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 178,242 Markkaa, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Weighted heels are added to military boots to ensure diminutive celebrities meet minimum requirements, the roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle, and vacationing Volkish expect to be treated as royalty. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Volstokn's national animal is the Maned Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Elisimism.

Volstokn is ranked 12,115th in the world and 599th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 9,828.55 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 480thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,306thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,483rdLargest Black Market: 2,549thLargest Mining Sector: 2,576thMost Influential: 2,642ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 3,944thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,743rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,767thMost Patriotic: 6,189thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,324thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,495thMost Efficient Economies: 7,690thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,476thLargest Governments: 8,486thMost Secular: 9,334thLowest Crime Rates: 9,500thHighest Average Incomes: 9,937thMost Armed: 10,222ndHighest Poor Incomes: 10,452ndHighest Economic Output: 10,813thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,115thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,662ndTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 13,898thMost Developed: 14,613thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,183rdMost Stationary: 17,250thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,265thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,959thMost Cultured: 24,531stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,480th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 61st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Black Market: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 78th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 115th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 123rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 134th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 267th in the regionMost Armed: 275th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 326th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 357th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 364th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 412th in the regionMost Secular: 441st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 453rd in the regionLargest Governments: 454th in the regionMost Stationary: 473rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 504th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 530th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 583rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 583rd in the regionLargest Populations: 598th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 599th in the regionRudest Citizens: 618th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 732nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 806th in the regionMost Developed: 814th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 816th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 969th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 978th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,056th in the regionMost Cultured: 1,157th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,295th in the region

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