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The Elite Land of Arkanik

“corvus oculum corvi non eruit”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population17.994 billion



The Elite Land of Arkanik is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Ar with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 17.994 billion Arkanikians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahowal. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Arkanikian economy, worth a remarkable 3,886 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 216,002 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Arkanik, people make a career out of medical voyeurism, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, and a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arkanik's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arkanik is ranked 86,064th in the world and 3,550th in Lazarus for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 217.79 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Safest: 1,015thMost Developed: 1,558thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,726thLargest Governments: 1,734thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,768thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,872ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,128thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,188thMost Efficient Economies: 2,197thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,264thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,317thLowest Crime Rates: 2,332ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,427thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,456thMost Influential: 2,483rdSmartest Citizens: 2,610thMost Cultured: 2,761stHighest Economic Output: 2,887thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,904thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,002ndBest Weather: 3,429thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,504thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,699thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,842ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,063rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,230thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,510thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,702ndMost Stationary: 4,795thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,856thHighest Average Incomes: 5,138thLargest Populations: 8,474thNicest Citizens: 8,614thRudest Citizens: 10,450thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,027thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 12,946thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,089thMost Secular: 19,038thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,406thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,949th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionMost Influential: 40th in the regionSafest: 50th in the regionMost Developed: 67th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 88th in the regionLargest Governments: 89th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 89th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 92nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 98th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 103rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 108th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 112th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 119th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 122nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 128th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 131st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 132nd in the regionMost Cultured: 134th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 142nd in the regionBest Weather: 153rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 154th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 163rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 164th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 173rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 176th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 184th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 226th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 242nd in the regionLargest Populations: 255th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 271st in the regionNicest Citizens: 409th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 426th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 552nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 727th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 733rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Arkanik voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".
  • : Arkanik voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Pedagogical Freedom".
  • : Arkanik endorsed The Republic of Tolfaer.
  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and the Top 5% for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Arkanik was endorsed by The Republic of Tolfaer.
  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.


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