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Most Valuable International Artwork: 437thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,317thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,216th
The United Socialist States of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Per Summa Imperium
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Aurza

Population415 million

CurrencyAuzi
AnimalDargon

The United Socialist States of Aurza is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 415 million Aurzans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Aurzan economy, worth 46.7 trillion Auzis 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 a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. 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 impressive 112,459 Auzis, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

Worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aurza's national animal is the Dargon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aurza is ranked 150,748th in the world and 6,259th in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -2.83 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 437thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,317thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,216thLargest Retail Industry: 9,657thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 10,922ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,975thMost Influential: 12,173rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,536thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,591stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,169thMost Inclusive: 17,941stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,200thMost Developed: 20,250thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,760thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,781st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 262nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 269th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 295th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 341st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 400th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 424th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 446th in the regionLargest Black Market: 490th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 508th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 544th in the regionMost Developed: 570th in the regionMost Inclusive: 588th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 591st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 605th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 628th in the regionMost Influential: 634th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 703rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 709th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 712th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 749th in the regionLargest Governments: 766th in the regionMost Cultured: 851st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 860th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aurza was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed and Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers.
  • : Aurza was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Aurza, families are only permitted to have one child.
  • : Aurza was endorsed by The Federal Republic of Coruh.

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