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The Grand Duchy of Sarkis

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Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: The North Pacific

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Sarkis

Population5.128 billion

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CurrencyKrone
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The Grand Duchy of Sarkis is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by placeholder with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 5.128 billion Sarkish 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, pro-business, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of placeholder. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Sarkish economy, worth a remarkable 1,616 trillion Kroner a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 315,263 Kroner, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,554,629 per year while the poor average 36,423, a ratio of 42.7 to 1.

Military spending is on the increase, a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, and not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Sarkis's national animal is the placeholder, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sarkis is ranked 34,411th in the world and 1,493rd in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 30.79 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 102ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 130thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,067thLargest Black Market: 1,187thHighest Average Incomes: 1,674thMost Avoided: 1,834thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,655thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,860thFattest Citizens: 4,241stRudest Citizens: 4,366thLargest Mining Sector: 5,304thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,324thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,427thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,451stMost Efficient Economies: 5,754thLargest Governments: 5,758thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,187thMost Armed: 6,332ndHighest Economic Output: 9,620thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,772ndTop
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Most Secular: 16,026thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,076thLargest Retail Industry: 17,296thMost Developed: 20,440th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 40th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionMost Avoided: 57th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 77th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 101st in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 148th in the regionFattest Citizens: 151st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 163rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 223rd in the regionMost Armed: 225th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 232nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 239th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 286th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 297th in the regionLargest Governments: 300th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 310th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 319th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 386th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 435th in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 779th in the regionMost Stationary: 820th in the regionMost Secular: 840th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 841st in the regionLargest Populations: 966th in the regionMost Developed: 1,002nd in the region

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