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The Federal Republic of Cossack Peoples

“Through fire we sojourn.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus


Cossack Peoples

Population1.869 billion

CapitalNew Krasnoyarsk
LeaderPrinciple Chairman Vadimir Bezukhov

AnimalBlack Bear

The Federal Republic of Cossack Peoples is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Principle Chairman Vadimir Bezukhov with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.869 billion Cossacks 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, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Krasnoyarsk. The average income tax rate is 71.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cossack economy, worth 410 trillion bills 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 219,625 bills, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined, a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that she is in fact a crook after all, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's, and work creation schemes keep the masses occupied with meaningless tasks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cossack Peoples's national animal is the Black Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Cossack Peoples is ranked 197,155th in the world and 7,190th in Lazarus for Most Primitive, scoring -362.37 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,184thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,724thMost Secular: 1,727thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,864thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,314thMost Influential: 2,371stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,816thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,833rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,742ndMost Avoided: 3,793rdLargest Black Market: 4,030thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,353rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,508thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,696thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,806thHighest Average Incomes: 4,848thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,487thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,168thLargest Insurance Industry: 8,058thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,374thMost Efficient Economies: 11,340thMost Developed: 11,901stLargest Governments: 14,542ndMost Authoritarian: 14,723rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,889thMost Conservative: 17,780thLowest Crime Rates: 18,707thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,667thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,406thSmartest Citizens: 20,675th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 78th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 85th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 114th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 117th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 154th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 162nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionMost Avoided: 216th in the regionLargest Black Market: 223rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 236th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 242nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 244th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 271st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 276th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 292nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 373rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 558th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 570th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 576th in the regionMost Conservative: 673rd in the regionMost Developed: 676th in the region

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