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The Kingdom of Ska Hydorordia

“Peace, Work, Fatherland”

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

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus


Ska Hydorordia

Population3.122 billion


The Kingdom of Ska Hydorordia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its enslaved workforce, frequent executions, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.122 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Ska Hydorordian economy, worth 433 trillion euros a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 138,835 euros, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 524,751 per year while the poor average 25,556, a ratio of 20.5 to 1.

One does not simply walk into the tundra, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, many friends and relatives of Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Ska Hydorordia City to enjoy their national art. 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 195,918th in the world and 7,151st in Lazarus for Most Avoided, scoring 0.51 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,225thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,851stMost Influential: 5,491stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,581stLowest Crime Rates: 6,346thHealthiest Citizens: 7,776thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,529thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,546thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,593rdMost Developed: 9,020thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,488thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,677thTop
Largest Governments: 11,521stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,990thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,329thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,654thMost Efficient Economies: 13,679thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,858thMost Cultured: 15,916thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,987thBest Weather: 16,017thSmartest Citizens: 16,067thHighest Average Incomes: 16,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,257thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,642ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,731stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,353rdSafest: 18,581stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,772ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,671stMost Authoritarian: 20,693rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 140th in the regionMost Influential: 173rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 197th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 356th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 362nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 422nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 444th in the regionMost Developed: 447th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 456th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 485th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 495th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 516th in the regionLargest Governments: 633rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 669th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 687th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 693rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 703rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 757th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 776th in the region

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