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The Herpetological Empire of Sakkra

“I took a calculated risk, but boy am I bad at math.” Emperor Kraah

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder



Population37.944 billion

CapitalPalaai City
LeaderEmperor Kraah
FaithOrder of Rraag

AnimalSwamp Newt

The Herpetological Empire of Sakkra is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Kraah with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 37.944 billion Sakkrans 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 minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, with Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palaai City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Sakkran economy, worth an astonishing 13,195 trillion Teeth a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 347,770 Teeth, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, builders across Sakkra are blocked up with orders for new public loos, and monocled merchants with funny accents are applying for Sakkran citizenship in droves. Crime is totally unknown. Sakkra's national animal is the Swamp Newt, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Order of Rraag.

Sakkra is ranked 2,868th in the world and 116th in Balder for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 10,280.41 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 186thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 191stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 198thLargest Publishing Industry: 216thLargest Populations: 219thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 219thHighest Economic Output: 233rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 268thSmartest Citizens: 335thHighest Disposable Incomes: 411thHealthiest Citizens: 426thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 427thLeast Corrupt Governments: 445thMost Cultured: 459thMost Developed: 530thLongest Average Lifespans: 602ndMost Beautiful Environments: 726thLargest Information Technology Sector: 748thBest Weather: 762ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 823rdHighest Poor Incomes: 961stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,102ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,227thHighest Average Incomes: 1,238thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,519thMost Efficient Economies: 2,635thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,868thMost Inclusive: 3,275thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,364thLargest Retail Industry: 4,381stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,691stMost Secular: 5,856thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,086thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,229thSafest: 6,374thLowest Crime Rates: 7,961stTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,877thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,668thMost Pacifist: 20,458th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 17th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionBest Weather: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 35th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 47th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 55th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 98th in the regionRudest Citizens: 113th in the regionMost Inclusive: 113th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 116th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 143rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 175th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 227th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 244th in the regionMost Secular: 252nd in the regionSafest: 335th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 337th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 439th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 713th in the regionNudest: 719th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 745th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sakkra's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Sakkra's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Sakkra's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Sakkra's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Sakkra's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Sakkra was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Sakkra was refounded in Balder.
  • : Sakkra ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Sakkra's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Sakkra's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".


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