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The Empire of Aegis-5

“For the Empire!”

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

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Aegis-5

Population16.083 billion

CapitalKaas
LeaderEmperor Harrower
FaithWorship of the Emperor

CurrencyCredit
AnimalSteel Hawk

The Empire of Aegis-5 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Harrower with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 16.083 billion Aegisians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry 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 7,786 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 extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 484,128 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The world still seems flat to some people in space, everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist, on-duty Air Aegis-5 flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, and the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. 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 147,917th in the world and 6,380th in Lazarus for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 23.36 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 96thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 106thHighest Disposable Incomes: 114thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 139thMost Avoided: 149thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 151stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 180thLargest Mining Sector: 215thMost Corrupt Governments: 249thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 266thHighest Average Incomes: 269thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 290thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 309thFattest Citizens: 360thHighest Poor Incomes: 396thLargest Gambling Industry: 445thHighest Economic Output: 613thLargest Agricultural Sector: 756thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 814thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 954thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 992ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,080thLargest Black Market: 1,086thLargest Retail Industry: 1,227thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,538thMost Secular: 1,550thMost Efficient Economies: 1,634thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,947thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,180thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,530thMost Influential: 2,609thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,631stLowest Crime Rates: 2,832ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,288thLargest Governments: 7,106thMost Stationary: 7,460thTop
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Largest Populations: 8,539thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,737thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,633rdMost Authoritarian: 14,280th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 45th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 51st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 51st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 56th in the regionMost Secular: 63rd in the regionMost Influential: 64th in the regionLargest Black Market: 65th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 96th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 102nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 111th in the regionMost Stationary: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 155th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 163rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 188th in the regionLargest Populations: 264th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 406th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 512th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 547th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 616th in the region

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