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The Dictatorship of Serkostan

“Smartness and Force”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Serkostan

Population841 million

CapitalUlya

Currencyserk
Animalrat

The Dictatorship of Serkostan is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its parental licensing program, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 841 million Serkostanians 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 juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ulya. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 37.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Serkostanian economy, worth 88.2 trillion serks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 104,825 serks, with the richest citizens earning 7.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid, Leader has just been declared ruler of Serkostan in an international press conference, the most commonly-worn shoes are concrete ones, and undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Serkostan's national animal is the rat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Serkostan is ranked 4,842nd in the world and 477th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 10,038 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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5%
Nudest: 2,199thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,905thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,653rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,833rdMost Influential: 4,842ndTop
10%
Largest Gambling Industry: 8,101stLargest Retail Industry: 10,530thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,424thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,013thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,540th
Top
5%
Nudest: 71st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 80th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 98th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 230th in the regionLargest Black Market: 265th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 290th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 294th in the regionTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 382nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 432nd in the regionMost Influential: 477th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 512th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 535th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 540th in the regionMost Developed: 559th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 594th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 596th in the regionMost Secular: 605th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 618th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Serkostan was endorsed by The Peripherals of Paranoia.
  • : Serkostan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, the most commonly-worn shoes are concrete ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, Leader has just been declared ruler of Serkostan in an international press conference.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, the Serkostanian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Serkostan was endorsed by The Constitutional Monarchy of Gecetesse.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities.
  • : Following new legislation in Serkostan, the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes.

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