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The Grand Duchy of Kharkov

“Oppose all foes by standing united”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Future Panthalassa

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Kharkov

Population38.441 billion

LeaderMaochao

Currencygold piece
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Grand Duchy of Kharkov is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Maochao with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 38.441 billion Kharkovites 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 tiny government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 2.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Kharkovian economy, worth 652 trillion gold pieces a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 16,979 gold pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High food prices have reduced the national diet to staple foods and water, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps, and a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kharkov's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Kharkov is ranked 196,980th in the world and 2nd in Future Panthalassa for Highest Average Incomes, with 16,979.79 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Populations: 11thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,721stTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,803rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,831stFattest Citizens: 2,844thRudest Citizens: 3,024thSmartest Citizens: 3,339thSafest: 3,505thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,008thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,393rdMost Avoided: 5,548thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,384thMost Influential: 7,580thMost Cultured: 8,816thMost Armed: 10,073rdTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 11,547thLowest Crime Rates: 14,715thMost Stationary: 17,102ndLargest Governments: 18,529th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kharkov voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Military Identification Tag Act"".
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps.
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, high food prices have reduced the national diet to staple foods and water.
  • : Kharkov voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Standards On Police Accountability".
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions.
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Kharkov, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Kharkov's influence in Future Panthalassa fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".

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