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The Empire of Aegis-5

“For the Empire!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population17.642 billion

LeaderEmperor Harrower
FaithWorship of the Emperor

AnimalSteel Hawk

The Empire of Aegis-5 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Harrower with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, public floggings, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 17.642 billion Aegisians 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 minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kaas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aegisian economy, worth a remarkable 8,902 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is a breathtaking 504,596 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The education system is famed for its taxing exams, Emperor Harrower goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses, preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Aegis-5's national animal is the Steel Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Worship of the Emperor.

Aegis-5 is ranked 49,141st in the world and 1,420th in Lazarus for Most Extreme, scoring 26.85 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 93rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 113thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 129thHighest Poor Incomes: 139thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 157thMost Avoided: 164thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 203rdLargest Mining Sector: 221stLargest Agricultural Sector: 236thMost Corrupt Governments: 244thHighest Average Incomes: 285thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 286thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 346thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 369thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 370thFattest Citizens: 461stMost Scientifically Advanced: 482ndHighest Economic Output: 555thLargest Gambling Industry: 744thMost Efficient Economies: 977thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 993rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,054thMost Secular: 1,088thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,181stLargest Black Market: 1,394thLargest Retail Industry: 1,456thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,876thLowest Crime Rates: 1,970thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,180thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,509thMost Influential: 2,620thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,147thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,211thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,302ndLargest Governments: 5,778thLargest Populations: 8,424thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,503rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,914thSmartest Citizens: 10,149thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 14,737thMost Authoritarian: 18,195th
Largest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 39th in the regionMost Secular: 41st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 45th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 55th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 62nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 68th in the regionLargest Black Market: 72nd in the regionMost Influential: 73rd in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 81st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 91st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 105th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 167th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 219th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 230th in the regionLargest Populations: 267th in the regionLargest Governments: 312th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 383rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 482nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 549th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 639th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 763rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aegis-5 endorsed The Automatic Autocracy of Honeydewistania.
  • : Aegis-5 was endorsed by The Automatic Autocracy of Honeydewistania.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, Emperor Harrower goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, the education system is famed for its taxing exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority").
  • : Aegis-5 endorsed The Republic of Sutnailag.


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