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The Elite Land of Arkanik

“corvus oculum corvi non eruit”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Arkanik

Population15.736 billion

CapitalBahowal
LeaderArman
FaithSikhism

CurrencyDollar
AnimalWolf

The Elite Land of Arkanik is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Arman with an even hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, frequent executions, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 15.736 billion Arkanikians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahowal. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Arkanikian economy, worth a remarkable 3,030 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 192,576 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Bahowal to enjoy their national art, and dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive. 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, and its national religion is Sikhism.

Arkanik is ranked 95,614th in the world and 3,735th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 553.78 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 489thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,207thSafest: 1,375thTop
5%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,207thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,253rdLargest Governments: 2,282ndMost Developed: 2,284thHealthiest Citizens: 2,520thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,592ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,638thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,721stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,722ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,748thLowest Crime Rates: 2,833rdBest Weather: 2,987thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,125thHighest Economic Output: 3,367thMost Cultured: 3,430thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,488thMost Influential: 3,607thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,880thSmartest Citizens: 4,246thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,817thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,903rdMost Stationary: 5,255thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,134thHighest Average Incomes: 6,332ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,532ndLargest Populations: 8,819thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,863rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,795thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,560th
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Most Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 68th in the regionSafest: 68th in the regionMost Developed: 87th in the regionMost Stationary: 93rd in the regionMost Influential: 108th in the regionLargest Governments: 113th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 114th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 114th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 121st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 122nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 128th in the regionBest Weather: 144th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 146th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 153rd in the regionMost Cultured: 154th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 157th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 183rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 186th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 202nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 253rd in the regionLargest Populations: 269th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 284th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 308th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 437th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 512th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Bahowal to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, businessmen walk out of meetings halfway because their shift is over.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, the government regularly publishes lengthy reports on its own excessive recordkeeping.
  • : Arkanik was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Arkanik, rundown towns are frequently sold to billionaires for their pet projects.

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