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The Empire of Dragonar

“We fight for the weak, the poor and the forgotten.” Robert Wolf

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population4.21 billion

LeaderRobert Wolf


The Empire of Dragonar is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Robert Wolf with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, parental licensing program, and public floggings. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.21 billion Dragonarians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dragonia. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Dragonarian economy, worth 777 trillion Drakeses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 184,772 Drakeses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Robert Wolf's bedroom, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers, children seem to be getting better at lying these days, and etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dragonar's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Draconism.

Dragonar is ranked 41,980th in the world and 1,798th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 75.81 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Influential: 1,243rdMost Inclusive: 1,256thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,995thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,454thSafest: 2,636thNicest Citizens: 2,698thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,333rdMost Developed: 3,479thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,626thHealthiest Citizens: 3,955thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,961stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,008thLowest Crime Rates: 4,026thSmartest Citizens: 4,142ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,248thLargest Governments: 4,329thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,484thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,813thBest Weather: 5,212thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,393rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,135thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,916thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,232ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,553rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,818thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,907thMost Secular: 7,993rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,124thMost Efficient Economies: 8,321stMost Cultured: 9,384thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,531stTop
Most Pacifist: 13,037thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,210thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,734thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,735thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,743rd
Most Inclusive: 86th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 101st in the regionSafest: 145th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 154th in the regionNicest Citizens: 163rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 178th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 192nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 196th in the regionMost Developed: 196th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 206th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 210th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 215th in the regionLargest Governments: 216th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 220th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 233rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 248th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 261st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 290th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 292nd in the regionBest Weather: 294th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 310th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 331st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 345th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 363rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 384th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 388th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 444th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 448th in the regionMost Secular: 454th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 482nd in the regionMost Influential: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 570th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 603rd in the regionMost Stationary: 604th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 645th in the regionRudest Citizens: 684th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 695th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 712th in the regionMost Pacifist: 715th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 832nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 932nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully'.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, children seem to be getting better at lying these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Robert Wolf's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, patriotic citizens chant "there's only one Dragonar" at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide.
  • : Following new legislation in Dragonar, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Dragonarians.