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The Kingdom of Taralus

“HoS 'ej batlhlIj!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations



Population10.436 billion

LeaderKing Klemens IV
FaithThe Old Gods


The Kingdom of Taralus is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by King Klemens IV with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 10.436 billion Tarans 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fenris. The average income tax rate is 58.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Taran economy, worth 315 trillion Tarals a year, is highly specialized and dominated by the Cheese Exports industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 30,232 Tarals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

A dictator has seized power and outlawed elections, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements, the Navy has outraged the international community by sinking a boatload of refugees to prevent them reaching the shore, and military spending recently hit a new high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Taralus's national animal is the Wolf and its national religion is The Old Gods.

Taralus is ranked 40,964th in the world and 25th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Most Stationary: 6,766thTop
Largest Black Market: 8,957thMost Ignorant Citizens: 9,197thMost Authoritarian: 9,351stMost Influential: 10,997thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,514th
Most Authoritarian: 1st in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the region

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