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The United Kingdoms of Wardency

“May the Northern Lights guide us to victory.” Emperor Gustaf V

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Wardency

Population3.423 billion

CapitalPriastand
LeaderEmperor Gustaf V
FaithWardish Elisimism

CurrencyOkronua
AnimalPeregrine falcon

The United Kingdoms of Wardency is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Gustaf V with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.423 billion Wardish are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Education and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Priastand. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 88.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Wardish economy, worth 852 trillion Okronuas a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 248,927 Okronuas, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,598,202 per year while the poor average 15,769, a ratio of 101 to 1.

Tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread, the giant 80-storey carving of Emperor Gustaf V in Mount Rushless can be seen from space, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", and birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Wardency's national animal is the Peregrine falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Wardish Elisimism.

Wardency is ranked 138,368th in the world and 4,758th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 91.48 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 102ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 248thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 343rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 743rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 836thMost Avoided: 1,397thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,855thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,041stLargest Black Market: 2,285thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,291stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 3,472ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,692ndFattest Citizens: 4,448thMost Efficient Economies: 4,937thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,426thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,087thLargest Governments: 7,165thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,112thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,816thMost Primitive: 10,216thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,543rdTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,168thMost Conservative: 19,496thHighest Economic Output: 20,935th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Avoided: 42nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 80th in the regionLargest Black Market: 85th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 133rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 137th in the regionFattest Citizens: 154th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 155th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 195th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 222nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 280th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 314th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 359th in the regionLargest Governments: 376th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 428th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 491st in the regionMost Primitive: 513th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 662nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 849th in the regionMost Extreme: 854th in the regionMost Stationary: 907th in the region

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