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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 95thHighest Poor Incomes: 98thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 166th
The Armed Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Order and Progress
Influence
Eminence Grise
Com Officer/Minister of Economics/Vice Min of Defense
Region
Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Scalesburg

Population5.416 billion

CapitalSt Montclair
LeaderRodney Osborne

Currencyk-buck
Animalwolf

The Armed Republic of Scalesburg is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Rodney Osborne with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.416 billion Scalesburgians 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Administration, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Montclair. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Scalesburgian economy, worth a remarkable 2,825 trillion k-bucks 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, Soda Sales, 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 a breathtaking 521,694 k-bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

International collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Scalesburg, putting houses on stilts is elevating house porches and prices alike, graffiti graces every city's streets, and poverty is disloyal to the Motherland. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scalesburg's national animal is the wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Scalesburg is ranked 10,272nd in the world and 4th in Novus Lucidum for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 5,801.38 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 95thHighest Poor Incomes: 98thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 166thHighest Average Incomes: 256thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 307thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 327thLargest Information Technology Sector: 353rdMost Corrupt Governments: 462ndMost Subsidized Industry: 484thLargest Black Market: 581stMost Armed: 588thFattest Citizens: 758thMost Scientifically Advanced: 805thMost Efficient Economies: 852ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,071stLargest Governments: 1,109thLargest Mining Sector: 1,178thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,508thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,995thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,345thRudest Citizens: 2,363rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,405thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,913thLargest Retail Industry: 2,927thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,131stMost Avoided: 3,335thLowest Crime Rates: 3,701stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,143rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,557thHighest Economic Output: 5,161stNudest: 5,747thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,731stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,779thMost Influential: 7,917thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,272ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,448thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,927thMost Secular: 14,286thMost Developed: 15,708thMost Authoritarian: 23,875th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Scalesburg was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, poverty is disloyal to the Motherland.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, putting houses on stilts is elevating house porches and prices alike.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Scalesburg.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, third world countries are rich in "I Love St Montclair" t-shirts.
  • : Scalesburg was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Scalesburgian pirates.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Scalesburg, the Scalesburgian Tourism Bureau has described the abolition of coastal defences as a "kick to the groyne".

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