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The Slave Empire of Ulkar

“Many guns have legs and take orders. Guns are good.” Bologog Gro-Nolob

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Psychotic Dictatorships

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Ulkar

Population7.048 billion

CapitalCul
LeaderBologog Gro-Nolob

CurrencyKhack
AnimalVulcher

The Slave Empire of Ulkar is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Bologog Gro-Nolob with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, vat-grown people, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.048 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, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cul. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ulkarian economy, worth a remarkable 1,724 trillion Khacks 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. 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 244,738 Khacks, with the richest citizens earning 8.4 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has declared war on all passing comets, women who display their ankles are shunned by society, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, and the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ulkar's national animal is the Vulcher, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Ulkar is ranked 1,791st in the world and 15th in Psychotic Dictatorships for Largest Black Market, with 1,607 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Top
1%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 829thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,089thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,114thMost Avoided: 1,436thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,576thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,700thLargest Black Market: 1,791stMost Secular: 1,834thMost Armed: 1,850thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,307thTop
5%
Largest Mining Sector: 2,624thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,715thMost Conservative: 3,179thHighest Average Incomes: 3,682ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,683rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,905thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,022ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,307thMost Authoritarian: 6,100thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,614thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,957thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,249thHighest Economic Output: 9,787thLargest Retail Industry: 11,898thTop
10%
Largest Governments: 13,349thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,737thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,488thMost Efficient Economies: 17,650thLowest Crime Rates: 17,848thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,554thMost Extreme: 23,039thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,085th
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1%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Most Armed: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ulkar was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry and the Top 10% for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association.
  • : Ulkar was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, women who display their ankles are shunned by society.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, the native owl population is in permanent hibernation.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums.
  • : Following new legislation in Ulkar, foreign leaders who don't applaud Bologog Gro-Nolob's speeches are regarded as enemies of Ulkar.

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