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The Sultanate of Artiestria

“You Can Stop Progress”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Hartfelden

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Artiestria

Population499 million

CapitalMeccatropolis

CurrencyCrown
AnimalFreud

The Sultanate of Artiestria is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, enslaved workforce, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 499 million Meccans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Meccatropolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 17.5%.

The powerhouse Artiestrian economy, worth 33.4 trillion Crowns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,893 Crowns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 269,047 per year while the poor average 11,130, a ratio of 24.2 to 1.

The Artiestrian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones, and women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Artiestria's national animal is the Freud, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Artiestria is ranked 161,202nd in the world and 81st in Hartfelden for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -6 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,491st
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Artiestria changed its national capital to "Meccatropolis".
  • : Artiestria changed its national demonym to "Meccan" and its demonym plural to "Meccans".
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, environmental officials dismiss uncontrolled wildfires burning down major cities as nature taking its course.
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, the Artiestrian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, warning signs caution Meccans where they may fall off 'the edge of the world'.
  • : Artiestria changed its national demonym to "Meccatropolis" and its demonym plural to "Meccatropoliss".
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, Artiestria has designated Meccatropolis as its capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in Artiestria, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop.

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