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The Holy Empire of An Clar

“Worship the Banner or be destroyed!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Europe


An Clar

Population28.671 billion

LeaderGaius Melkor

Currencybanner yoyo

The Holy Empire of An Clar is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Gaius Melkor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 28.671 billion Clarians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while International Aid receives no funds. 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 4,676 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 mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 163,114 banner yoyoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Government popup ads are springing up like weeds, Gaius Melkor has taken to wearing medal-adorned military uniform in all public appearances, the police insist that racism does not exist, and An Clar's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region. 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 220,373rd in the world and 1,177th in Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -2099.71 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 7thLowest Crime Rates: 216thHighest Average Tax Rates: 231stLargest Governments: 250thMost Corrupt Governments: 595thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 689thMost Devout: 782ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 871stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,199thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,207thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,403rdSmartest Citizens: 1,624thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,005thMost Cultured: 2,008thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,053rdHighest Economic Output: 2,072ndTop
Largest Populations: 2,510thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,924thMost Stationary: 3,914thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,227thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,124thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,733rdNudest: 6,569thRudest Citizens: 6,668thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,089thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,437thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,088thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,313thHighest Average Incomes: 10,922ndTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,889thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,039thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,196th
Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionNudest: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 39th in the regionMost Cultured: 40th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 55th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 64th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 95th in the regionRudest Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 115th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 117th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 223 » Alsted, Lexembourg, Lieges, Dauershire, Bohomo, Wombelland, Imperium Anglorum, Northern German Federation, Troltovia, Falvaard, Dark Matter, New Decius, Ansington, Lovisa, 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, Maritzal, Popaholick, Quentenia, Sinclairtown, Galway-Dublin, Yahlia, Saint Domingo, Feria-Alkaline, Soviet Krussia, Alympian Kingdom, Saiwania, Ostermarch, Milfgaerd, Germany Third Reich, The Ivory Tower of Academia, Pilipinas and Malaya, Slavonia and Srijem, Thracia Republic, Daneforth, Irminsulia, Imperium Malignis, Carphelia, and 173 others.Wessex and Cornwall, North of Americas, Yoannes, Aristeme, Kardjali, Baycanistan, St Scarlett, Corthaen, Regnum Italiae, Purgatio, Nardin, Brakanistan, Rouvenor, GanymedEuropa, Solteur, Cosadamia, Cre Alworkez, South St Maarten, Pazano, Aragonja, Monkistan, New Rickiland, Eritei, Leszno, Boldia, New Touraine, Cytadela, New Ylicia, Dorpz, Stukilo, Belmoren, Greate San Marino, Death Bat, Amicities, Toaddia, Thracia and Crimea, Estonesia, British Alban, Arorska, Jim the Baptist, Volara, German Bismarck Republic, Republic of Satherland, Egyptian Mamluk Sultanate, Leranditale, Lumitauka, Beauprix, Candavia, Kenmoria WA Mission, British Norklon, Parliamentary Laramidia, Supcotia, Socialist Balkans, Seristria, Monte Naranja, Laggos, Ukraba, The Scandinavian Realm, Viciebskaja, Aslicuria, Domton, Soviet Taoistan, Scravovia, Blechingia, Arsenial, Kanokla, Svarte Tarnet, Pollica, Permorania, Thils, Trixeland, The Pagan Moon, The Peoples Republic of Suffolk, Navence, Nuweland, Cherised Lands of Galicia, Novo Portugal, ENOTRIA, Sicilian Imperial-Capitalist Empire, Belgique et France, Enway, Anskerdank, Gultravia, A State of Trance, Betasia, Stromia, The-British-Isles, Neuchateau, Phillicans, Shagolaa, IllyrianAlbania, Velosia, Walfo, Greater Tomland, Prussian-Union, Free Workers Macedon, The Fair Republic, Lord Sapre, Legique, Mallesia, Puhja, Poland-Kaliningrad, Slovanov, Elitestland, Lyallpur, Evergreen Keys, Sloburg, Godefargen, Rijland, Rotenstein, Sienkahn, Diets, Appathian, New Petra, New Pannonia, Rhinowolf, Leymen, Riverpost, North Batica, Novabritannia, Alba-Nord, Eurasies, Iggly Iggle, Bialopolska, Bathera, Bareu, Volonism, Cydfuddiannaeth, Chronus, The Champions League, Drew Durrnil, Invernessia, Escavilla, Free Karabakh, Destyntine, Montevino, Reignment, Fasumia, Northwest Isles, Pontus Euxinus, Ausvelt, Botizia, Kronelande, Farrensk, The New Dawn Imperium, Shaor, Someseni, Oswesch, Transmontagne, Trenaka, Cadersy, State Of Kian, Jordariki, The Great Owen, Arabia Deserta, Dogemark, Weeddialvon, Pamia, Sunricea, Socialist Soviet Armenia, Engales and Southern Ireland, Miechow 2, Greater Dragunovia, Frialla, Liberny, HYDRA-Russian Empire, Rivierenland, Canovium, Greater Albaina, Grodisze, The Seven Provinces, Socialist Democratic Hryvina, and Abject Ludicrosity.

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