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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,432ndMost Influential: 2,773rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,391st
The Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Forever Victorious!
Ilse Erika von Freyaelv
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population4.502 billion

LeaderIlse Erika von Freyaelv


The Empire of Arkalarius is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Ilse Erika von Freyaelv with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, soft-spoken computers, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.502 billion Arkians 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, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Freyaelv. The average income tax rate is 72.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Arkian economy, worth 329 trillion Notes 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 73,287 Notes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, genetic researchers have been expelled, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline, and transgender and agender are on the education agenda. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arkalarius's national animal is the Osprey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Arkalarius is ranked 204,254th in the world and 7,846th in The East Pacific for Most Pacifist, with 15.83 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,432ndMost Influential: 2,773rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,391stTop
Best Weather: 12,314thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,385thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,525thHealthiest Citizens: 15,388thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,614thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,318thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,130thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,666thMost Secular: 17,684thMost Income Equality: 19,284thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,876thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,082ndLargest Black Market: 21,105thMost Cheerful Citizens: 21,260thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,955thMost Developed: 22,462nd
Most Influential: 171st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 182nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 226th in the regionBest Weather: 412th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 414th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 428th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 455th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 461st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 473rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 494th in the regionLargest Black Market: 575th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 592nd in the regionMost Secular: 598th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 612th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 626th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 685th in the regionMost Developed: 699th in the regionLargest Populations: 722nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 742nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 769th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 797th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 861st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 867th in the region

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