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The Kingdom of Srotac

“Maybe successful... a dream turned into reality”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Ertacious

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Srotac

Population2.025 billion

CapitalHereford
LeaderColrac

CurrencySkerd
AnimalWyvern

The Kingdom of Srotac is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Colrac with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.025 billion Srotacians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hereford. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The all-consuming Srotacian economy, worth 194 trillion Skerds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 96,246 Skerds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 455,582 per year while the poor average 12,024, a ratio of 37.9 to 1.

Life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, criminals are thrown to the Wyverns to repay their debt to society, and shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Srotac's national animal is the Wyvern, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Srotac is ranked 112,401st in the world and 2nd in Ertacious for Most Politically Free, scoring 32.38 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Top
5%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,292ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,616thTop
10%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 7,778thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,929thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,247thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,899th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, criminals are thrown to the Wyverns to repay their debt to society.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, Srotacians incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, restaurateurs put a lot of effort into persuading customers to accept wafer-thin mints.
  • : Following new legislation in Srotac, appendix transplant figures have recently doubled.
  • : Srotac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.

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