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The Imperial Nation of Roiko

“colonization.” The British

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Location: the West Pacific



Population1.018 billion

LeaderThe British


The Imperial Nation of Roiko is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The British with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, parental licensing program, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.018 billion roiks are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of rook. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming roikan economy, worth 114 trillion dong a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 112,172 dong, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Videogames like 'Equalia: Knights of Self-Confidence' are proving inexplicably unpopular, the backs of 'No Trespassing' signs were made for you and me, prohibition has allowed a Maxtopian immigrant known only as "Nipples" to establish an illicit breast milk syndicate, and The British's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Roiko's national animal is the mosquito, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Roiko is ranked 259,329th in the world and 9,201st in the West Pacific for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.9 crimes per hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 527thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,846thMost Influential: 6,589thMost Patriotic: 8,720thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,385thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,624thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,187thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 16,321stMost Beautiful Environments: 17,196thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,949thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,280thMost Authoritarian: 19,158thLowest Crime Rates: 19,371stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,895thMost Cultured: 20,690thLargest Governments: 20,732ndMost Advanced Public Education: 22,219thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24,515thHighest Poor Incomes: 25,176thMost Subsidized Industry: 25,228th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 77th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 180th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 212th in the regionMost Influential: 217th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 247th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 249th in the regionLargest Black Market: 262nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 299th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 306th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 345th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 348th in the regionLargest Governments: 348th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 349th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 390th in the regionMost Cultured: 400th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 404th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 470th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 490th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 504th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 538th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 627th in the regionMost Devout: 643rd in the regionMost Developed: 660th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 709th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 810th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 860th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 918th in the region

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