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The Dictatorship of Ardenstania

“Equality and Wisdom.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population448 million


AnimalSteller's Sea Eagle

The Dictatorship of Ardenstania is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its compulsory military service, avant-garde cinema, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 448 million Ardenstanians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ardeneath. The average income tax rate is 79.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Ardenstanian economy, worth 26.6 trillion Ardoes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 59,434 Ardoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam", visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, all government facilities are built in the subterranean citadel of Ardeneath, and the Ardenstanian Babysitters Club has proven to be a huge relief to stressed-out parents across the nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ardenstania's national animal is the Steller's Sea Eagle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Ardenstania is ranked 55,082nd in the world and 2,977th in The North Pacific for Most Secular, with 26 Atheism Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,513thTop
Most Influential: 5,135thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,260thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,757thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 16,030thMost Income Equality: 16,423rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,939thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,915thMost Inclusive: 22,896thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,953rdLowest Crime Rates: 23,228thNicest Citizens: 23,633rdSafest: 23,692nd
Largest Welfare Programs: 478th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 507th in the regionMost Income Equality: 760th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 803rd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 152 » Former English Colony, Yaorozu, Shibutani, Corfad, Bankowiata, Siforpeo, The Rhein States, Orado, Bharathvarsh, Ellbonnia, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Venicea, Zzozona, Hardscrabble, The Soviet States of Europe, Koda-Land, Rinadia, Omnistria, Cretox State, Hamerica, El Fiji Grande, Aerilia, Randomcountryland, Lulubellia, Dangine, Francois Isidore, High Albania, Shotokonia, Svenskskit, The Tampa Bay Rays, Sil Dorsett, Galbadiana, Lol2639, McMasterdonia, New Lakemba, Yokciq Empire, Guer Aike, North Bratislava, Imperial Pieserged, Travislavania, Zemnaya Svoboda, Valentine Z, Valgarda, Servilis, WeKnow, Simone Republic, Notyoutopia, Republica Guilleana, Dar es Saalam, Loutsland, and 102 others.Super Girl, Kragsgale, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Xentherida, Wilkshire, Sunto, Interdimensional Zone, Selfgradatude, Empy, Aeolist, Barabolia, Wapistan, Viviser, Siwale, Xagill, Blyskalia, Territorio di Nessuno, Tyirza, Dreadton, Figyjharli, Sikol, Great Bights Mum, Kranostav, Shahrukh, Illusia and Neverendia, Frances Francis the First of France, Wisconsota, Holy Oranz, Alorca, Xyrron, Shadowrik, The Mazur Empire, BTProductions, Ravendi, Clan Spaniel, Libertania Democratica, Galaician Empire, Votak Matim, Ethnon, Pasargad, Pytong, Northern Roman Republic, Sundred, Yellops, Aryan Homeland, TyGerria, Draconian Progression, The Jerichowan Country, Maott, Climeria, Chips and Guac, Steampunk Ariel, The Pantheons, Viridiann, Mon Island, Seenvorland, ForestMythal, Tsandonown, Wineclaw, Kazoo Basin, Defense For The World Assembly, Centrialand, Pallaith, The Calabash Protectorate, Planes, Seanat, Britle, Atlunartemis, Ootasa, Libvillia, Greater Ale Permars, Imperial Sers, Ariele, Runeda, Card Kingdom, Eternal Dominion, Merconitonitopia, Boston Castle, Kastonvia, Madjack, Nodnarb, Mazdia, Pleroma Sans Romans, Jaxikistan, Bearical, Novremia, Unshleepd, Muqatil, Erowo, Glurponia, Que Lukustinardon, United Capitalist Provinces, Confederacy of North America, Outer Shenendoah, Tepe, Capablanca, Sahriastan, His Enduring Majesty, Lionia, Gawdzendia, ROM, and Vesteysia.

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