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The Kingdom of Auralon

“Veni Vidi Vici”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population6.587 billion

LeaderKing Faustus


The Kingdom of Auralon is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Faustus with an iron fist, and notable for its enslaved workforce, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.587 billion Auralonians 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 Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,189 trillion golds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 180,626 golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them, King Faustus is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests, small shoes often wash up on the beach, and military information leaks are **REDACTED** by **REDACTED** in **REDACTED**. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Auralon's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Auralon is ranked 45,403rd in the world and 1,688th in Lazarus for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 4,059.38 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Influential: 2,258thLowest Crime Rates: 2,278thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,569thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,088thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,817thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,076thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,502ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,583rdLargest Governments: 5,925thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,221stMost Developed: 6,304thMost Secular: 6,529thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,196thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,267thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,383rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,955thHighest Average Incomes: 8,311thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,922ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,215thSmartest Citizens: 9,680thMost Authoritarian: 9,894thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,340thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,399thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,584thMost Efficient Economies: 11,684thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,850thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,428thHighest Economic Output: 13,897thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,145thBest Weather: 18,408thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,712th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 32nd in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 185th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 256th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 306th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 314th in the regionLargest Governments: 325th in the regionMost Developed: 325th in the regionMost Secular: 333rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 353rd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 393rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 408th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 442nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 451st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 480th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 483rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 496th in the regionMost Stationary: 516th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 528th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 600th in the regionMost Extreme: 629th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 657th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 669th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 676th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 729th in the region

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