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The Eternal Empire of Abanthia

“Sit Nomine Digna”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: ravana

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Abanthia

Population7.487 billion

CapitalDominus
LeaderImperator Grey
FaithSibber Imperialis

CurrencyCrux
AnimalWinter Hind

The Eternal Empire of Abanthia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Imperator Grey with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, parental licensing program, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.487 billion Abanthians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 28.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Abanthian economy, worth a remarkable 1,233 trillion Cruxes a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 164,706 Cruxes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 927,514 per year while the poor average 14,422, a ratio of 64.3 to 1.

Adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère, the newest shade developed by Abanthia's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange', politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, and the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Abanthia" on tails. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Abanthia's national animal is the Winter Hind, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Sibber Imperialis.

Abanthia is ranked 158,888th in the world and 76th in ravana for Most Average, scoring 28.3 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Insurance Industry: 1,336thTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,518thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,142ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,677thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,837thLargest Black Market: 4,345thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,625thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,733rdFattest Citizens: 6,265thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,466thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,419thMost Avoided: 8,182ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,827thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,862ndTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10,526thHighest Average Incomes: 10,611thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,216thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,599thLargest Retail Industry: 12,923rdHighest Economic Output: 13,471stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,311thLargest Mining Sector: 19,065thMost Efficient Economies: 20,508th
Top
5%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Abanthia" on tails.
  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Abanthia's influence in Ravana fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Abanthia's influence in Ravana fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, the newest shade developed by Abanthia's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'.
  • : Abanthia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.
  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators.
  • : The Imperial Republic of Farlandiay dismissed Abanthia as MP of Ravana.
  • : Following new legislation in Abanthia, many Abanthians are their brothers' keepers.

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