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The Fact Is Marble Is Queen of The World of Ares

“I'm The Coolest Thing There Ever Was.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Eladen

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The World of Ares

Population14.966 billion

CapitalFelix
LeaderMarble
FaithDaddy

CurrencyTang
AnimalAnt

The Fact Is Marble Is Queen of The World of Ares is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Marble with an iron fist, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, prohibition of alcohol, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.966 billion Goliaths are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Felix. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pakkan economy, worth a remarkable 6,480 trillion Tangs 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Gambling. 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 432,991 Tangs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The World of Ares has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive, relationships often break down when doctors tell couples they are genetically incompatible, and the church declares that everyone should get a large serving of nuts daily. Crime is totally unknown. The World of Ares's national animal is the Ant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Daddy.

The World of Ares is ranked 1,082nd in the world and 12th in Eladen for Highest Economic Output, with 6,480 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Top
1%
Highest Poor Incomes: 148thLargest Black Market: 162ndLargest Publishing Industry: 227thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 437thHighest Average Incomes: 526thLargest Information Technology Sector: 531stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 566thMost Armed: 1,028thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,039thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,040thHighest Economic Output: 1,082ndMost Cultured: 1,103rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,122ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,174thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,222ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,274thMost Devout: 1,640thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,715thSmartest Citizens: 1,830thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,838thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,005thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,137thMost Efficient Economies: 2,219thMost Developed: 2,337thTop
5%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,476thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,645thLargest Governments: 2,952ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,659thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,881stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,514thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,825thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,829thMost Inclusive: 7,459thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,320thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,497thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,447thTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 12,213thLargest Populations: 12,643rd
Top
10%
Most Developed: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The World of Ares's influence in Eladen fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : The World of Ares's influence in Eladen rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry and Largest Populations.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : The World of Ares was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.

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