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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,450thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,933rd
The Fantasy of
New York Times Democracy
Love is a fantasy.
Meiko Nakahara
Civil Rights
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Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population3.023 billion

CapitalLittle Yark Yark
LeaderMeiko Nakahara


The Fantasy of Yarkuo is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Meiko Nakahara with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, democratic population of 3.023 billion Yarkuoaks enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Little Yark Yark. The average income tax rate is 23.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Yarkuoak economy, worth 206 trillion Huangs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 68,457 Huangs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused, and foreign leaders are advising that Meiko Nakahara's letters must have gotten lost in the mail. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Yarkuo's national animal is the Cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Yarkuoism.

Yarkuo is ranked 43,560th in the world and 926th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 80.19 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,450thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,933rd
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 193rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 857th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 866th in the regionMost Politically Free: 926th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 974th in the region

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