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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 44thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 58th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Conquer and Prosper
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Scandrial

Population5.967 billion

CapitalThe Nexus of a Thousand Spires
LeaderThe Lord Conqueror

Currencybitcoin
Animalcrow

The Empire of Scandrial is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Lord Conqueror with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, digital currency, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.967 billion Skaa 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, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Nexus of a Thousand Spires. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Skaa economy, worth a remarkable 3,162 trillion bitcoins 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 530,037 bitcoins, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations, and public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scandrial's national animal is the crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Scandrial is ranked 205,246th in the world and 8,067th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 5.6 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 44thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 58thLargest Information Technology Sector: 126thHighest Average Incomes: 223rdMost Corrupt Governments: 319thLargest Black Market: 443rdMost Secular: 494thMost Scientifically Advanced: 558thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 608thLowest Crime Rates: 879thLargest Governments: 921stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,245thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,275thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,549thMost Developed: 1,581stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,623rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,702ndTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,157thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,159thSmartest Citizens: 2,266thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,469thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,029thMost Efficient Economies: 3,310thHighest Economic Output: 3,860thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,894thHealthiest Citizens: 4,080thMost Conservative: 4,158thMost Authoritarian: 5,681stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,399thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,603rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,539thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,892ndBest Weather: 8,283rdLargest Mining Sector: 9,222ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,687thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,073rdLargest Retail Industry: 14,946thMost Influential: 15,158thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,179thMost Stationary: 17,162ndMost Extreme: 18,679th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Developed: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 60th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 65th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 65th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 76th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 81st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 95th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 127th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 194th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 195th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 202nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 224th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 229th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 234th in the regionMost Conservative: 251st in the regionBest Weather: 252nd in the regionMost Stationary: 253rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 332nd in the regionLargest Populations: 373rd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 434th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 449th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 460th in the regionMost Extreme: 491st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 730th in the regionMost Influential: 799th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, fitness to teach sport is proven by urinating the furthest up a wall.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.

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