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The Protectorate of Stovakor

“Hail the father of the nation”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Asura

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Stovakor

Population8.948 billion

Currencydenarius
AnimalButt

The Protectorate of Stovakor is a colossal, orderly nation, notable for its smutty television, prohibition of alcohol, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.948 billion Stovakorians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.9%.

The all-consuming Stovakorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,424 trillion denarii a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 159,182 denarii, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,460,571 per year while the poor average 1,824, a ratio of 800 to 1.

Books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy, stranded astronauts hitch rides on foreign spacecraft to get home, Stovakorian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, and breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force. Stovakor's national animal is the Butt, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Stovakor is ranked 1,834th in the world and 1st in Asura for Most Avoided, scoring 931.18 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 299thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 949thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,394thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,550thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,782ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,795thMost Avoided: 1,834thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,845thTop
5%
Most Primitive: 2,117thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,292ndLargest Gambling Industry: 2,395thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,745thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,089thFattest Citizens: 3,198thLargest Mining Sector: 4,123rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,996thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,611thLargest Retail Industry: 6,086thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,606thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,466thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,082ndTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 11,365thHighest Average Incomes: 11,530thMost Secular: 14,291stMost Pro-Market: 15,400thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,177th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry and Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Stovakor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided and Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.

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