by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 217th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 270th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 408th
The Stratocracy of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.629 billion


CurrencySarkish Statescredit ʄ
AnimalSarkish Eagle

The Stratocracy of Sarkis is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by WIP with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.629 billion Sarkish 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riyghsbourg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Sarkish economy, worth 600 trillion Sarkish Statescredit ʄs a year, is fairly diversified and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 228,350 Sarkish Statescredit ʄs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,048,742 per year while the poor average 30,169, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

Friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Sarkis's national animal is the Sarkish Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Sarkis is ranked 3,537th in the world and 129th in The North Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 178.24 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 217thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 270thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 408thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,220thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,294thMost Avoided: 2,477thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,154thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,537thHighest Average Incomes: 3,792ndFattest Citizens: 5,443rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,239thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,831stTop
Rudest Citizens: 8,879thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,981stMost Armed: 9,387thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,824thLargest Governments: 10,008thMost Efficient Economies: 10,085thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,107thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,424thMost Conservative: 12,627thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,003rdMost Secular: 15,636thLargest Retail Industry: 16,950th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 70th in the regionMost Avoided: 79th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 96th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 129th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 169th in the regionFattest Citizens: 193rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 222nd in the regionMost Armed: 362nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 369th in the regionRudest Citizens: 426th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 434th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 449th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 471st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 492nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 498th in the regionLargest Governments: 501st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 609th in the regionMost Conservative: 726th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 764th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 772nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 792nd in the regionMost Secular: 796th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 831st in the region

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