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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 75th
The Mysterious Black Hole of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We have NOTHING to do with our 97% disappearance rate.
The High King of Roless
Influence
Vassal
Cartographer
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Roless

Population8.02 billion

CapitalAtchta
LeaderThe High King of Roless
FaithFunkyism

CurrencyRezzat
AnimalFunky badger

The Mysterious Black Hole of Roless is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The High King of Roless with an iron fist, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, complete lack of prisons, and lack of airports. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.02 billion Rolessians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atchta. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Rolessian economy, worth a remarkable 3,498 trillion Rezzats 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, quite specialized 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 436,250 Rezzats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Warfare increasingly resembles a video game, residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes, billions of Rezzats are being blown on orbital weapons development, and a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Roless's national animal is the Funky badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Funkyism.

Roless is ranked 6,022nd in the world and 46th in Forest for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 507.4 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thMost Patriotic: 75thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 144thHighest Poor Incomes: 255thMost Corrupt Governments: 395thLargest Information Technology Sector: 482ndMost Armed: 544thLargest Black Market: 659thHighest Average Incomes: 665thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 829thMost Secular: 1,031stMost Influential: 1,093rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,010thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,181stLowest Crime Rates: 2,712thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,729thLargest Governments: 2,749thTop
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Best Weather: 2,917thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,061stMost Conservative: 3,255thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,256thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,494thHighest Economic Output: 4,752ndMost Developed: 5,749thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,022ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,067thSmartest Citizens: 7,270thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,496thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,679thMost Authoritarian: 7,889thHealthiest Citizens: 7,895thMost Efficient Economies: 8,978thRudest Citizens: 10,567thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,776thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,726thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,015thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,037thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,122nd
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Most Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Roless voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Nuclear Arms Possession Act"".
  • : Roless voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Fauxia".
  • : Following new legislation in Roless, a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero.
  • : Roless was endorsed by The Republic of Oranje Vrystaat.
  • : Following new legislation in Roless, billions of Rezzats are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Roless voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Esternial".
  • : Roless voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Deposit Insurance Fund".
  • : Following new legislation in Roless, residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes.
  • : Roless was endorsed by The Federal Republic of East Skirsburg.
  • : Roless was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Best Weather.

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