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The Socialist Federation of Arthralonia


Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific



Population2.242 billion

LeaderHead Chancellor Karl Stefansson

CurrencyFederal Credit
AnimalArthralonian Falcon

The Socialist Federation of Arthralonia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Head Chancellor Karl Stefansson with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 2.242 billion Arthralonians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tabriki. The average income tax rate is 80.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arthralonian economy, worth 443 trillion Federal Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 197,710 Federal Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arthralonia's national animal is the Arthralonian Falcon.

Arthralonia is ranked 6,488th in the world and 180th in the Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 92.68 on the Human Development Index.

Most Secular: 1,727thTop
Most Patriotic: 2,455thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,476thMost Armed: 2,571stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,863rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,266thMost Efficient Economies: 4,748thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,884thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,596thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,668thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,883rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,920thMost Developed: 6,488thSmartest Citizens: 7,085thHighest Average Incomes: 7,101stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,423rdMost Cultured: 7,991stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,029thLargest Governments: 8,140thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,512thLargest Retail Industry: 8,659thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,610thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,136thSafest: 14,457thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,886thHealthiest Citizens: 14,944thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,393rdHighest Food Quality: 17,344thMost Influential: 17,624thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,902nd
Most Secular: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 54th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 72nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 82nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 89th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 96th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 111th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 134th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 139th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 162nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 166th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 166th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 175th in the regionMost Developed: 180th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 181st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 185th in the regionMost Cultured: 192nd in the regionLargest Governments: 215th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 259th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 301st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 304th in the regionRudest Citizens: 345th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 349th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 378th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 394th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 444th in the regionSafest: 444th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 452nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 477th in the regionMost Average: 483rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 562nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 583rd in the region

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