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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,428th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,214th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,815th
The Union of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Glory to Arstotzka
Civil Rights
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The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic

Population895 million

CapitalOrvech Vonor
LeaderSergui Volda

AnimalArstotzkan eagle

The Union of The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic is a huge, safe nation, ruled by Sergui Volda with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The cynical population of 895 million Arstotzkans 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 enormous, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Welfare, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orvech Vonor. The average income tax rate is 76.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Arstotzkan economy, worth 50.5 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is 56,425 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community, children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts, the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake, and the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic's national animal is the Arstotzkan eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic is ranked 154,014th in the world and 6,405th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 56 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,428thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,214thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,815thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,015th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 199th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 268th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 340th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 346th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 402nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 466th in the regionMost Inclusive: 584th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 612th in the regionLargest Governments: 641st in the region

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