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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 867thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,281st
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Ikania

Population17.236 billion

CapitalEkrina
LeaderVoimoundis Merziotis
FaithIkanian Orthodoxy

Currencydirua
Animaleagle

The Military Dictatorship of Ikania is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Voimoundis Merziotis with an even hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, smutty television, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless population of 17.236 billion Ikanians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ekrina. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ikanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,490 trillion diruas a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 144,468 diruas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Big game hunters travel to Ikania to try their hand at shark-shooting, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, Voimoundis Merziotis's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, and saying "don't do anything that Voimoundis Merziotis wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ikania's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ikanian Orthodoxy.

Ikania is ranked 253,424th in the world and 287th in The League for Least Corrupt Governments, with 25.37 percentage of bribes refused.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 867thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,281stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,447thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,707thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,776thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,806thMost Pacifist: 3,232ndLargest Governments: 3,608thSafest: 3,911thMost Efficient Economies: 3,983rdBest Weather: 3,991stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,557thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,862ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,899thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,334thRudest Citizens: 6,014thMost Developed: 7,004thHealthiest Citizens: 7,257thHighest Economic Output: 7,326thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,841stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,635thHighest Food Quality: 9,490thMost Cultured: 9,802ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,956thNicest Citizens: 12,594thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,781stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 14,477thMost Inclusive: 15,092ndMost Secular: 15,396thLargest Populations: 15,999thLargest Retail Industry: 16,104thHighest Average Incomes: 16,835thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,378th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
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Safest: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, saying "don't do anything that Voimoundis Merziotis wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, Voimoundis Merziotis's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, big game hunters travel to Ikania to try their hand at shark-shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, nerdy teenagers have to prove that they're made of the same stuff as their grandparents.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, the year's most anticipated show is "Great Deals on Delicious Meals".
  • : Following new legislation in Ikania, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps.

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