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The Grand Duchy of Akvarelusus the Great

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Concord


Akvarelusus the Great

Population617 million

CapitalIvory Tower


The Grand Duchy of Akvarelusus the Great is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 617 million Akvarelusus the Greatians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ivory Tower. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Akvarelusus the Greatian economy, worth 73.2 trillion Kazés a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 118,677 Kazés, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 642,354 per year while the poor average 11,336, a ratio of 56.7 to 1.

The military has had its funding stripped back as the nation seeks a smaller role in international politics, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard, mall countdown clocks warn that there are only 364 more shopping days until Maxxmas, and getting an autograph has become harder than ever. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Akvarelusus the Great's national animal is the Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Akvarelusus the Great is ranked 126,373rd in the world and 224th in Concord for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,517.56 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 3,475thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,965thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,181stFattest Citizens: 6,429thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,569thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,960thMost Avoided: 9,943rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,746thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,316thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,471stTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 19,805thMost Influential: 20,056thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25,612thLargest Publishing Industry: 26,457thMost Efficient Economies: 26,520thHighest Drug Use: 26,615thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 27,146thMost Advanced Public Transport: 27,355thHighest Average Incomes: 28,496thMost Pro-Market: 28,629thLargest Information Technology Sector: 29,366thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29,513thLargest Agricultural Sector: 30,309th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 11th in the regionMost Patriotic: 12th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 27th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 29th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 31st in the region

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