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The Kingdom of Auralon

“Veni Vidi Vici”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population4.869 billion

LeaderKing Faustus


The Kingdom of Auralon is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by King Faustus with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.869 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 89.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralonian economy, worth 874 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 179,633 golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it, and meat prices are soaring as the farming industry struggle under government-imposed restrictions. 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 49,870th in the world and 2,025th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,794.77 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Lowest Crime Rates: 2,295thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,425thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,053rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,640thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,033rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,272ndMost Influential: 4,319thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,377thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,702ndLargest Governments: 6,197thMost Authoritarian: 7,200thMost Secular: 7,510thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,523rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,557thHighest Average Incomes: 7,779thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,272ndMost Developed: 8,919thMost Efficient Economies: 9,662ndMost Beautiful Environments: 9,858thSmartest Citizens: 10,871stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,284thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,361stMost Advanced Public Education: 11,928thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,214thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,632nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 118th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 128th in the regionMost Influential: 129th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 156th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 194th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 220th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 225th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 242nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 247th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 257th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the regionLargest Governments: 348th in the regionMost Secular: 386th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 386th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 388th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 404th in the regionMost Extreme: 425th in the regionMost Developed: 480th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 542nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 551st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 562nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 576th in the region

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