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The People's Republic of Aryax

“One Nation, One Party, One Goal” Stanislav Tyrankov

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: 10000 Islands



Population6.124 billion

LeaderStanislav Tyrankov


The People's Republic of Aryax is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Stanislav Tyrankov with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The cynical, cheerful population of 6.124 billion Aryaxians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arkanoviverna. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Aryaxian economy, worth a remarkable 1,790 trillion units 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 Trout Farming. Average income is an amazing 292,426 units, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Aryax, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, and the media have begun calling the government treasury "Stanislav Tyrankov's stash". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aryax's national animal is the orca, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Aryax is ranked 9,996th in the world and 171st in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 11,769.5 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Extreme: 1stMost Authoritarian: 143rdMost Conservative: 223rdMost Patriotic: 283rdLowest Crime Rates: 298thMost Income Equality: 395thHighest Poor Incomes: 530thMost Cheerful Citizens: 584thHighest Average Tax Rates: 612thMost Developed: 624thLongest Average Lifespans: 680thMost Secular: 732ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 771stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 811thLargest Governments: 829thHealthiest Citizens: 887thBest Weather: 1,306thMost Efficient Economies: 1,457thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,487thSmartest Citizens: 1,671stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,818thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,306thHighest Average Incomes: 2,508thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,693rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,997thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,169thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,328thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,415thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,593rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,890thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,267thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,311thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,628thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,882ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,950thNicest Citizens: 6,731stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,646thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,883rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,238thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,996thHighest Food Quality: 10,064thMost Cultured: 10,645thHighest Economic Output: 11,128thSafest: 11,318thTop
Most Influential: 22,219thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23,835thLargest Mining Sector: 24,971stMost Stationary: 25,949th
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 44th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 44th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 56th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 69th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 75th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 76th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 76th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 87th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 100th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 123rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 130th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 135th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, the media have begun calling the government treasury "Stanislav Tyrankov's stash".
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Aryax.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Aryax was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, frat-house partying has become the national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Aryax, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters.