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The Empire of Angbad

“Fire In The Darkness”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.806 billion


CurrencyAngbadian Pound

The Empire of Angbad is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Morgoth with an even hand, and notable for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.806 billion Angbadians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thangorodrim. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Angbadian economy, worth a remarkable 1,404 trillion Angbadian Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 241,955 Angbadian Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century, and community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Angbad's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Angbad is ranked 3,715th in the world and 184th in The North Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 241,955.74 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 602ndMost Influential: 897thMost Developed: 1,336thMost Efficient Economies: 1,472ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,659thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,703rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,712thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,722ndMost Cultured: 1,743rdLargest Governments: 1,788thHealthiest Citizens: 1,903rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,281stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,636thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,784thRudest Citizens: 2,816thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,855thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,976thBest Weather: 3,052ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,274thMost Inclusive: 3,663rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,715thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,888thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,188thMost Secular: 4,266thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,931stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,128thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,762ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,771stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,768thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,123rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,313thLargest Retail Industry: 8,436thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,442ndTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 10,976thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,030thHighest Economic Output: 11,479thSafest: 12,815thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,894thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,466thMost Stationary: 17,483rd
Most Developed: 80th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 83rd in the regionMost Cultured: 83rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 88th in the regionLargest Governments: 93rd in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 98th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 103rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 106th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 107th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 118th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 119th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 124th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 138th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 149th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 159th in the regionRudest Citizens: 160th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 174th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 187th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 187th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 199th in the regionMost Secular: 231st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 248th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 254th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 265th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 276th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 294th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 326th in the regionMost Influential: 328th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 359th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 396th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 415th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 427th in the regionMost Stationary: 427th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 505th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 531st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 549th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 649th in the regionSafest: 674th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 893rd in the regionLargest Populations: 894th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Angbad, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 242 » Siwale, Universal State Formula, Notyoutopia, Yaorozu, Pallaith, PlanetPunk, Great Bights Mum, Sunto, Kwaj, Corfad, Buckerino, Diodone, Holy Oranz, Territorio di Nessuno, Wineclaw, Radicaster, Selfgradatude, Xentherida, Shadowrik, Sil Dorsett, Cloydicia, Ice and Tinian, Eglise Sainte Eve, Puczovska, Moubarakistan, Frances Francis the First of France, Atain, Panama Coalition, Phoronu, Unimaginable Doom, Shibutani, The Gamer Party, Yukti, New Trisone, Former English Colony, Koda-Land, Bearical, Highton Islands, Avemterra, Sea Ghost, Maott, Zeternia, Whereisthatistan, Empy, Ethnon, Hyperbanus, United Draconia, Plumas, SORT, El Fiji Grande, and 192 others.Arstungry, East Wushen, Dar es Saalam, The Discipled, New Chilokver, Wilkshire, Daiz, Kobagia, Greater Pittsburgh, The Iron Lions, Rosewood-, The Rhein States, Viridiann, The Austro Germanic Union, The Most Freedom Ever, Valhalla123, New Pruessen, AGoodPlace, Niradans, New Lakemba, United Kahndaq, Votak Matim, Malta Comino Gozo, North Bratislava, Vincone Cae, Egalico, Warsaw-Halicz, The Windmilluminati, Guer Aike, Dreadton, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Newpromisedland, Pruznia, Ninjak30, Zumlandia, Detrivania, Napnomadia, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Sunaiya, Zokk, The Sinclarian Provinces, Pasargad, Joodey, Solmetria, Acrabinnia, Plangainer, Steampunk Ariel, Trillius, The Stratosphere Islands, Haor Chall, Astronomical, Sundred, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Abject Ludicrosity, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Astrind, Solidair, Glurponia, Loutsland, British Pacific Islands, Wisconsota, Orado, Runeda, The Tampa Bay Rays, PotatoFarmers, McMasterdonia, Faircliff, Solskjar, Gnomewatchers, New Octicarg, Lendara, Fizban, Clan Spaniel, Wallachian People, Xagill, Kranostav, Zecit, Pazair, Seenvorland, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Fraguale Cothe, Ravendi, Serendipita Martia, The Reorganized Arctic Territories, Interdimensional Zone, Palgo, Fendlium, Merconitonitopia, Greater Chimeran Union, Misthas, Valentine Z, Advancia-Sizzletown, Praeceps, Volstokn, Cobleck Weleis, Lungha, Austral States of America, Loli County, Hamerica, Valatic Ash, Woodsend, The New Communist Republic Of States, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, Eschatosia, The World Capitalist Confederation, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Ihese, The Lancerian Empire, Yokciq Empire, Methor, Prevaland, Crader, Savaska, Antiyard, Olofin, Avastate, Nistriabar, Varola, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Unshleepd, Nisastria, Irishvan, Hyphen, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Westinor, Zemnaya Svoboda, The Serdey Islands, Fauzjhia, Mesopotama, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, PortvgaI, Frostcell, Sikol, Saperisole, Iztocna Slavija, Zzozona, Hoglands, Plutayah, Werchegia, Veast, Prydania, I Like Killing people, Libertania Democratica, Shinjuku tokyo 0, The Calabash Protectorate, Kocherian, Asoc lon, Cowbridge, Seanat, Arbor Marshes, Brucklania, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, Eywaan, Schnuftelland, Innocentic, Principia Mathematica, Yellops, Damsmel, Nouvelle-Floride, Alyrria, Borsukia, New Jamgra, Xyrron, Madjack, Energi Empire, Ihsan, Simone Republic, Xipher, Kragsgale, Lionia, Buckhem, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Ultra777, Andexia, U S Eh, Neu-Galicia, Austrian Confederacy, Maynilan, Heilhum Imperius, Dechire par la Guerre, Democratic Republic of Kohland, and Geektopia.

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