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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,769th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,653rd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,921st
The Greater Communist Union of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Glory to Arstotzka!
Igor Panyukov
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic

Population941 million

CapitalOrvech Vonor
LeaderIgor Panyukov

CurrencyCredit
AnimalArstotzkan eagle

The Greater Communist Union of The Arstotzkan Socialist Republic is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Igor Panyukov with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, otherworldly petting zoo, and frequent executions. The cynical population of 941 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, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Welfare, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orvech Vonor. The average income tax rate is 76.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Arstotzkan economy, worth 71.4 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 75,900 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", dubiously qualified East Lebatuckese doctors prescribe ice baths as a treatment for pneumonia, and the Arstotzkan Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas. 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 136,866th in the world and 5,546th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -67.44 on the Rand Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,769thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,653rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,921stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,992ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,046th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 152nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 183rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 254th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 294th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 371st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 391st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 396th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 432nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 534th in the regionLargest Governments: 554th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 559th in the regionMost Inclusive: 579th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 594th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 621st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 654th in the region

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