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The Armed Republic of Old Soldiers

“You mind your business and I'll mind mine.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Location: Anteria

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

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The Armed Republic of Old Soldiers is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by John Thompson with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 8.316 billion Old Soldiers 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Croshanka. The average income tax rate is 50.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Old Soldier economy, worth 952 trillion Credits 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, 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 114,591 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, victims of crime are viewed as less trustworthy than politicians, doughnut-makers claim their products are healthy because they are fortified with vitamins, and the state believes that children are what you make of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Soldiers's national animal is the snapping turtle, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Old Soldiers is ranked 170,367th in the world and 214th in Anteria for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.92 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Armed: 4,520thFattest Citizens: 6,044thMost Avoided: 6,136thLargest Black Market: 7,956thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,988thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,978thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,585thLargest Mining Sector: 14,982ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,492ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,728thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,496thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,325thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,904thHighest Economic Output: 18,673rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,650thLargest Retail Industry: 22,677th
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Most Armed: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the region

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