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The United Provinces of Skartok

“Nothing beside remains”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Teremara

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Skartok

Population18.37 billion

CapitalBahqi's Crossing
LeaderPresident William Stacey Padmore
FaithPolatilianism

CurrencySkartokian riyal
AnimalParrot

The United Provinces of Skartok is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President William Stacey Padmore with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 18.37 billion Skartokians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahqi's Crossing. Income tax is unheard of.

The powerhouse Skartokian economy, worth a remarkable 3,136 trillion Skartokian riyals a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 170,733 Skartokian riyals, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 871,914 per year while the poor average 18,404, a ratio of 47.4 to 1.

Animal Liberationists are regularly jailed, an increasing number of animal species are named 'Bob', the nation is now proudly cholera-free, and citizens have a tough time telling the difference between jeans and genes. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Skartok's national animal is the Parrot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Polatilianism.

Skartok is ranked 192,974th in the world and 27th in Teremara for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 523.97 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 304thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 596thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 676thFattest Citizens: 735thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 855thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 913thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,322ndMost Devout: 1,349thRudest Citizens: 1,808thHighest Crime Rates: 1,941stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,248thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,271stTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,436thLargest Retail Industry: 3,097thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,236thMost Avoided: 3,992ndHighest Economic Output: 4,530thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,289thMost Cultured: 5,747thMost Armed: 6,069thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,339thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,560thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,344thLargest Populations: 9,815thHighest Average Incomes: 10,426thTop
10%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,783rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,726thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,615thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,632ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,857th
Top
5%
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok changed its national capital to "Bahqi's Crossing" and its currency to "Skartokian riyal".
  • : Skartok's influence in Teremara rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Skartok was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Bundesrepublik of Austrakia, curing 139 million infected.
  • : Skartok was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Bundesrepublik of Austrakia, curing 135 million infected.
  • : Skartok was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.

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