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Most Armed: 1,725thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,358th
The Oligarchic Autocracy of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Leave the Past; Fight for the Future
Patriarch Devlin Saros
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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New Sparta Ascendancy

Population6.18 billion

CapitalParliamentary Dominion
LeaderPatriarch Devlin Saros
FaithHellenism

CurrencySpartan Credit
AnimalPhoenix

The Oligarchic Autocracy of New Sparta Ascendancy is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Patriarch Devlin Saros with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, unlimited-speed roads, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.18 billion Spartans 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Parliamentary Dominion. The average income tax rate is 61.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Spartan economy, worth a remarkable 1,516 trillion Spartan Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 245,344 Spartan Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Many friends and relatives of Patriarch Devlin Saros have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, sociologists can charge whatever fee they like as the nation tries to find itself, pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security, and a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. New Sparta Ascendancy's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Hellenism.

New Sparta Ascendancy is ranked 119,557th in the world and 225th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Extreme, scoring 17.31 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Armed: 1,725thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,358thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,393rdTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,541stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,006thHighest Average Incomes: 3,696thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,264thMost Influential: 4,295thLargest Black Market: 5,043rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,419thMost Cultured: 5,499thMost Efficient Economies: 5,981stMost Developed: 6,232ndSmartest Citizens: 6,257thRudest Citizens: 6,258thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,681stHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,972ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,430thMost Inclusive: 9,877thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,045thLowest Crime Rates: 10,102ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,600thLargest Governments: 10,612thMost Secular: 11,530thHighest Economic Output: 11,685thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,731stHealthiest Citizens: 14,115thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,271stMost Beautiful Environments: 16,159thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,621stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,481stMost Advanced Public Education: 18,598thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,599thMost Stationary: 20,955thLargest Mining Sector: 21,847th
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Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 23rd in the regionNudest: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the region

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