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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
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Eladen


The World of Ares

Population15.651 billion



The Fact Is Marble Is Queen of The World of Ares is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Marble with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.651 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 6,776 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 2,011th in the world and 15th in Eladen for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 12,854.2 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Largest Black Market: 158thHighest Poor Incomes: 175thLargest Publishing Industry: 227thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 472ndHighest Average Incomes: 546thLargest Information Technology Sector: 555thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 601stHighest Economic Output: 1,042ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,077thMost Armed: 1,091stMost Cultured: 1,132ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,143rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,165thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,192ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,195thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,278thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,619thMost Devout: 1,635thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,713thSmartest Citizens: 1,823rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,011thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,023rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,258thMost Developed: 2,374thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,443rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,796thLargest Governments: 3,012thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,126thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,156thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,554thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,946thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,048thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,091stMost Inclusive: 7,589thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,746thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,011thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,278thTop
Largest Populations: 12,686thLargest Retail Industry: 12,723rd
Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the region

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