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The Armed Republic of Scalesburg

“Order and Progress”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Novus Lucidum



Population3.94 billion

CapitalSt Montclair
LeaderRodney Osborne


The Armed Republic of Scalesburg is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Rodney Osborne with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, parental licensing program, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.94 billion Scalesburgians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Administration, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Montclair. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Scalesburgian economy, worth a remarkable 1,781 trillion k-bucks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 452,278 k-bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scalesburgian tourists are banned from many nations due to their tendency to randomly explode, the cold war against capitalism is growing chillier by the day, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, and the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scalesburg's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Scalesburg is ranked 48,759th in the world and 15th in Novus Lucidum for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 3,855.5 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 167thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 210thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 335thMost Subsidized Industry: 384thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 438thHighest Average Incomes: 441stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 531stLargest Information Technology Sector: 754thLargest Black Market: 820thMost Corrupt Governments: 851stMost Armed: 858thMost Efficient Economies: 1,042ndFattest Citizens: 1,119thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,587thLargest Mining Sector: 1,604thLargest Retail Industry: 1,664thLargest Governments: 1,794thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,010thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,021stTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,745thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,081stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,274thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,364thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,717thRudest Citizens: 4,093rdMost Developed: 4,726thSmartest Citizens: 4,986thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,584thNudest: 5,658thMost Avoided: 5,978thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,606thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,493rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,070thLowest Crime Rates: 8,283rdHighest Economic Output: 8,476thMost Influential: 9,375thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,663rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11,619thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,783rdMost Authoritarian: 16,508thMost Secular: 16,820thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20,661st
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Nudest: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 9 » Gothic Vandelia, Ionalands, Barbariax, The Arken, Anacodia, Seaforti, Cauva, Varzo, and New Nationale Einheit.

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