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The Republic of Aroni

“Forward, Onward, Upwards”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Authoritarian Confederacy

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Aroni

Population6.109 billion

CapitalGuzbek
LeaderVictoria Smith

CurrencyDollar
AnimalAronian Condor

The Republic of Aroni is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Victoria Smith with an even hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, ban on automobiles, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 6.109 billion Aronians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guzbek. The average income tax rate is 82.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aronian economy, worth a remarkable 2,288 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 374,635 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Guzbek Times is sold out, and spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aroni's national animal is the Aronian Condor, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Aroni is ranked 92,909th in the world and 1st in The Authoritarian Confederacy for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 166.96 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Top
1%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 396thLargest Agricultural Sector: 676thLowest Crime Rates: 803rdHighest Average Incomes: 969thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,100thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,194thSmartest Citizens: 1,265thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,287thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,309thLargest Retail Industry: 1,522ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,545thLargest Black Market: 1,852ndMost Developed: 1,863rdMost Secular: 2,019thMost Efficient Economies: 2,071stTop
5%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,558thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,658thLargest Governments: 2,782ndRudest Citizens: 2,784thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,025thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,055thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,310thMost Inclusive: 4,445thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,514thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,921stMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,070thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,175thNudest: 6,264thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,271stHighest Economic Output: 6,405thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,158thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,548thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,753rdHealthiest Citizens: 8,571stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,824thLargest Mining Sector: 9,343rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,725thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,125thTop
10%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,971stHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,681stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,033rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,947th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Guzbek Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, Merry Birthday is a popular protest song despite the risk of fines and royalty dues.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, the entire entry for Aroni in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Aroni, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Aroni was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 10% for Highest Disposable Incomes.

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