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The Empire of Sarkis

“WIP”

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

Population3.371 billion

CapitalWIP
LeaderWIP

CurrencyWIP
AnimalWIP

The Empire of Sarkis is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by WIP with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, keen interest in outer space, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.371 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 WIP. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Sarkish economy, worth 912 trillion WIPS a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 270,707 WIPS, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,302,902 per year while the poor average 32,772, a ratio of 39.8 to 1.

The Sarkish war navy contains an oddly large number of luxury yachts and cruise liners, Sarkish companies generally just fire employees in lieu of giving them vacation, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war, and heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors. 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 WIP, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sarkis is ranked 154,891st in the world and 7,764th in The North Pacific for Most Pacifist, with 2.28 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 131stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 150thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 250thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 696thLargest Black Market: 1,479thTop
5%
Most Avoided: 1,867thHighest Average Incomes: 2,262ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,438thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,745thLargest Mining Sector: 4,410thFattest Citizens: 4,500thMost Armed: 4,661stRudest Citizens: 4,823rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,181stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,514thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,942ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,135thLargest Governments: 6,610thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,346thTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,840thMost Efficient Economies: 9,295thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,623rdLargest Retail Industry: 14,596thMost Secular: 14,764th
Top
1%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 50th in the regionMost Avoided: 61st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 73rd in the regionTop
5%
Highest Average Incomes: 97th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 102nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 139th in the regionFattest Citizens: 150th in the regionMost Armed: 180th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 200th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 233rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 268th in the regionRudest Citizens: 276th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 280th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 304th in the regionLargest Governments: 330th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 358th in the regionTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 414th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 494th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 521st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 627th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 685th in the regionMost Secular: 729th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, Sarkish companies generally just fire employees in lieu of giving them vacation.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, the Sarkish war navy contains an oddly large number of luxury yachts and cruise liners.
  • : Sarkis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Sarkish any less frightened.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarkis, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Sarkis changed its national nation type to "Empire".
  • : Sarkis altered its national flag.

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