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The Disputed Territories of AryQwa

“Explore, Conquer and Prosper” Aryler Qwarib

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the West Pacific

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AryQwa

Population972 million

CapitalVallMar Base 1
LeaderAryler Qwarib

CurrencyAstrocred
AnimalTerraworm

The Disputed Territories of AryQwa is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Aryler Qwarib with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 972 million AryQwans 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of VallMar Base 1. The average income tax rate is 47.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped AryQwan economy, worth 30.7 trillion Astrocreds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Book Publishing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 31,567 Astrocreds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. AryQwa's national animal is the Terraworm.

AryQwa is ranked 143,709th in the world and 3,898th in the West Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 44.94 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 9,470thTop
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Most Secular: 12,811thMost Authoritarian: 15,431st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 216th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 346th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 464th in the regionLargest Black Market: 474th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 529th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, immigrants who don't like the taste of AryQwan Turnip Chips are immediately deported.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, lobster tastes best when it is red.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, sex offenders find themselves cut off from the ability to repeat their crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, criminals are put to death while cuddling their favourite teddy bear.
  • : AryQwa altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in AryQwa, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary.

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