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The Holy Empire of An Clar

“Worship the Banner or be destroyed!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Europe


An Clar

Population26.614 billion

LeaderGaius Melkor

Currencybanner yoyo

The Holy Empire of An Clar is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Gaius Melkor with an iron fist, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, frequent executions, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 26.614 billion Clarians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Inis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but inefficient Clarian economy, worth a remarkable 4,196 trillion banner yoyoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 157,689 banner yoyoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

School lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time, Gaius Melkor is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests, murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour, and young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. An Clar's national animal is the magpie, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Melkorianism.

An Clar is ranked 86,156th in the world and 455th in Europe for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 544.74 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 7thHighest Average Tax Rates: 184thLowest Crime Rates: 200thLargest Governments: 206thMost Corrupt Governments: 610thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 620thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 760thMost Devout: 848thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,003rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,137thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,139thSmartest Citizens: 1,644thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,769thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,960thHighest Economic Output: 2,017thMost Cultured: 2,418thLargest Populations: 2,611thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,215thMost Stationary: 4,248thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,332ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,825thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,126thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,435thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,568thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,747thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,213thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 11,020thMost Authoritarian: 15,192nd
Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 28th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 45th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the regionMost Cultured: 55th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 71st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 92nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 94th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 190 » Alsted, The Seven Provinces, Lexembourg, Lieges, Tigyland, Dauershire, Albertinum, Bohomo, Frostinia, Wombelland, Imperium Anglorum, Northern German Federation, Troltovia, Falvaard, Dark Matter, New Decius, Ansington, Zuid-Limburgia, Cherised Lands of Galicia, Lovisa, Fauzjhia, Hirota, Slavorussia, Einswenn, Evka, Outer Sparta, The New Nordic Union, Durlia, Ahma, The Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, Umeria, Puerto Thelosia, TF1 TASK FORCE 1, Northeast Vatican, Super Happy Land, Nastror, Maritzal, Popaholick, Vulpes Federation, Quentenia, Sinclairtown, Greifenburg, Sienkahn, Galway-Dublin, Yahlia, Saint Domingo, Feria-Alkaline, Soviet Krussia, Libertyca, Alympian Kingdom, and 140 others.Saiwania, Ostermarch, Milfgaerd, Germany Third Reich, The Ivory Tower of Academia, Pilipinas and Malaya, Slavonia and Srijem, Ministanopolis, Thracia Republic, Daneforth, Irminsulia, Imperium Malignis, Thesterfall, Carphelia, Wessex and Cornwall, North of Americas, Yoannes, Aristeme, Kardjali, Baycanistan, Schultzheim, St Scarlett, Corthaen, Regnum Italiae, Purgatio, Nardin, Brakanistan, Goldenbourg, Josepania, Rouvenor, Great Winminster, British Norklon, Union of the North, GanymedEuropa, Frahnkzaden, Scandimerica, Prussia Kaiserreich, HYDRA-Russian Empire, Unionist Mercia, Justosia, Unico Republic, North Wildmark, Solteur, Cosadamia, Cre Alworkez, South St Maarten, Caustralia, Pazano, Aragonja, Monkistan, New Rickiland, Eritei, Hameed, Leszno, The Champions League, Jambos, Boldia, New Touraine, Carignanum, Grandeer, Kosonidia, Cytadela, FYR Vojvodina, New Cottingham, Vielmania, Greater Albaina, Mickey-Mouse, New Ylicia, Dizgovzy, Kaspinia, Tarraconense, Dorpz, Gr4nd3nia, Stukilo, Rivierenland, Kakhassia, Belmoren, Greate San Marino, Of Herbshire, Dyana, Death Bat, Yvelastia, Linkisheer, Bolger, British Tegon Der, Amicities, Sancti Formica, Toaddia, Bathera, Thracia and Crimea, Kans, Estonesia, Demon666, Western Felvarya Blasche, Cyrothica, New Denizland, British Alban, Arorska, Neo-Europa, Confederate States of Murica, The Twelve Nations of Eastern Europe, Fubuda, Potus Branada, Habbox, Kargasok, Caescadia, Jim the Baptist, Turanistania, Apabeossie, Ayatheera, Volara, Uvieu, Sverigesriket, Bombastion, The Skandinavian Republik, Hellinicia, Novabritannia, Weeddialvon, Lesovo, Felhaven, Wanglin, German Bismarck Republic, Nova Boudicea, Republic of Satherland, Egyptian Mamluk Sultanate, United Baltics, GeneralStalin, Friemenn, Birdopiane, Greater Cebu, Leranditale, Arsenial, Nouros, Lumitauka, Svarte Tarnet, Beauprix, Fossekallen, Chefactastyan, The Oriental Empire, and Great Batavica.

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