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The Kingdom of Ska Hydorordia

“Peace, Work, Fatherland”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Ska Hydorordia

Population1.162 billion

Currencyeuro
Animaldolphin

The Kingdom of Ska Hydorordia is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its enslaved workforce, zero percent divorce rate, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.162 billion Ska Hydorordians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Ska Hydorordian economy, worth 159 trillion euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 136,991 euros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 387,788 per year while the poor average 38,696, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

One-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man, oddly patriotic flash mobs spontaneously sing the national anthem, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, and all writing must pass a censorship board before being allowed on the shelves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ska Hydorordia's national animal is the dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ska Hydorordia is ranked 15,566th in the world and 382nd in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,516.06 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,418thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,385thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,939thMost Influential: 4,085thLowest Crime Rates: 6,793rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,406thTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 8,783rdMost Corrupt Governments: 9,374thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,783rdMost Conservative: 9,956thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,321stMost Developed: 10,479thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,517thMost Authoritarian: 11,199thMost Pacifist: 11,458thLargest Governments: 13,200thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,921stMost Efficient Economies: 14,190thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,647thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,821stHighest Average Incomes: 15,362ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,386thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,566th
Top
1%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 58th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 136th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 163rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 189th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 227th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 230th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 235th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 236th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 275th in the regionMost Developed: 295th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Governments: 318th in the regionMost Influential: 330th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 335th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 342nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 350th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 357th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 361st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 368th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 382nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 389th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 392nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 400th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 432nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 435th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 493rd in the regionBest Weather: 493rd in the regionMost Conservative: 520th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 528th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 559th in the regionMost Cultured: 561st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 577th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 579th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ska Hydorordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Ska Hydorordia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement and the Top 10% for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, all writing must pass a censorship board before being allowed on the shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, oddly patriotic flash mobs spontaneously sing the national anthem.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Ska Hydorordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Ska Hydorordian Liberator".
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Ska Hydorordia, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.

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