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The Holy Gold Callistan Tsar of Sorianora


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

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Callista



Population1.648 billion

CapitalNew Russia City
LeaderJoseph Stalin II
FaithState Secularism

CurrencySoviet Ruble
AnimalRussian Bear

The Holy Gold Callistan Tsar of Sorianora is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph Stalin II with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, pith helmet sales, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.648 billion Soviets 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 prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Russia City. The average income tax rate is 83.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soviet economy, worth 460 trillion Soviet Rubles 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, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 279,459 Soviet Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children often kick Russian Bears for amusement, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Soviets any less frightened, self-driving cars obey the road rules even during emergencies, and newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sorianora's national animal is the Russian Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is State Secularism.

Sorianora is ranked 214,823rd in the world and 53rd in Callista for Most Politically Free, scoring 14.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 549thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 571stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 581stMost Secular: 1,068thLargest Mining Sector: 1,080thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,098thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,120thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,362ndMost Armed: 1,562ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,568thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,605thMost Avoided: 1,751stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,969thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,424thHighest Average Incomes: 2,578thLargest Black Market: 4,463rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,348thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,148thLargest Governments: 7,911thMost Conservative: 9,252ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,497thHealthiest Citizens: 9,934thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,931stTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,703rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,788thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,151stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,459thMost Authoritarian: 15,087thMost Efficient Economies: 15,928thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,240thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,314thMost Influential: 22,833rdSmartest Citizens: 22,934thMost Developed: 22,957thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,586th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the region

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