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The Khaganate of Koryohan

“From heavens, to serve the People”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Koryohan

Population1.559 billion

CapitalSeoul
LeaderKhagan Vadil

Currencywon
Animaltiger

The Khaganate of Koryohan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Khagan Vadil with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, ritual sacrifices, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.559 billion Astorians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seoul. The average income tax rate is 81.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth 183 trillion won a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 117,879 won, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Married couples must call each other "darling" or risk a fine, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, contestants on Koryohan's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent, and a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that she is in fact a crook after all. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Koryohan's national animal is the tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Koryohan is ranked 27,476th in the world and 1,407th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,337.4 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,760thMost Influential: 3,669thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,670thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,307thMost Pacifist: 6,666thLowest Crime Rates: 7,022ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,051stHealthiest Citizens: 7,248thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,249thBest Weather: 7,802ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,016thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,077thTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,788thNicest Citizens: 8,949thMost Developed: 10,179thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,331stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,924thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,091stMost Secular: 11,545thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,925thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,999thLargest Governments: 13,291stMost Beautiful Environments: 13,913thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,118thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,794th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 213th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 263rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 267th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 345th in the regionMost Pacifist: 371st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 380th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 387th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 406th in the regionBest Weather: 434th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 473rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 506th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 508th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 535th in the regionMost Inclusive: 537th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 561st in the regionMost Developed: 585th in the regionMost Secular: 604th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 613th in the regionLargest Governments: 639th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 646th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 714th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 715th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 756th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 804th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 806th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 870th in the regionMost Influential: 878th in the region

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