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The Armed Republic of Ulkar

“Hack” Bologog Gro-Nolob

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Chicken overlords

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Ulkar

Population4.096 billion

CapitalCul
LeaderBologog Gro-Nolob

CurrencyKhack
AnimalVulcher

The Armed Republic of Ulkar is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Bologog Gro-Nolob with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.096 billion Ulkarians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cul. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ulkarian economy, worth 651 trillion Khacks a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 159,129 Khacks, with the richest citizens earning 6.6 times as much as the poorest.

Signs of extraterrestrial life are just foreign astronauts evading Ulkarian justice, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers, schoolchildren quote interesting facts about the square of the hypotenuse, and the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ulkar's national animal is the Vulcher, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ulkar is ranked 42,803rd in the world and 1,614th in Chicken overlords for Most Pro-Market, scoring 59.89 on the Rand Index.

Top
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,944thMost Secular: 1,974thMost Armed: 2,055thMost Avoided: 2,119thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,268thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,303rdMost Conservative: 2,636thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,942ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,057thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,232ndLargest Black Market: 4,234thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,541stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,914thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,920thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,397thFattest Citizens: 6,657thLargest Retail Industry: 6,972ndLargest Insurance Industry: 7,284thTop
10%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,387thHighest Average Incomes: 10,805thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,489thMost Authoritarian: 13,748th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionTop
5%
Most Authoritarian: 20th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 40th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 71st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 75th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 146th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 163rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, schoolchildren quote interesting facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, signs of extraterrestrial life are just foreign astronauts evading Ulkarian justice.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, credit scores fluctuate wildly with every change of government.
  • : Ulkar was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Fattest Citizens and Largest Insurance Industry and the Top 10% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, interviewees for teaching jobs are waterboarded to "reveal undesirable histories".
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, Bologog Gro-Nolob is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, nobody thinks that the Godfather was bettered by Part 2.

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