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The Hegemony of Karthspirije

“Shaltárr'Üropálla”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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Karthspirije

Population915 million

CapitalElinhir
LeaderExecutor Ralatsén

CurrencySovereign
AnimalNightingale

The Hegemony of Karthspirije is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Executor Ralatsén with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 915 million Karthspiri are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elinhir. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.1%.

The thriving Karthspiri economy, worth 68.2 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 74,509 Sovereigns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 297,298 per year while the poor average 12,562, a ratio of 23.7 to 1.

Grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, the rich are forced to sell their houses to pay for more police to prevent their houses from being burgled, and the justice of Karthspirije is considered superior to that of other nations. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force. Karthspirije's national animal is the Nightingale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Karthspirije is ranked 165,343rd in the world and 37th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -11 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,566thTop
10%
Most Avoided: 11,294thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,392ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,824thMost Conservative: 15,765th
Top
10%
Most Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, the justice of Karthspirije is considered superior to that of other nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, the rich are forced to sell their houses to pay for more police to prevent their houses from being burgled.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, grannies with arthritic hands work miserably on factory production lines.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, military units are often seen arguing over which one is truly favored by the gods.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in Karthspirije, Elinhir's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Karthspirije changed its national leader to "Executor Ralatsén".

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