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The Self-Proclaimed Empire of AP0CALYPSE

“Do not despair, for the appointed time is near.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Antarctica

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AP0CALYPSE

Population35.224 billion

CapitalTerminus
LeaderHarbinger
FaithCult of the Coming Darkness

Currencybloody severed finger
Animalbio-organic weapon

The Self-Proclaimed Empire of AP0CALYPSE is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Harbinger with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, anti-smoking policies, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.224 billion AP0CALYPSEians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terminus. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient AP0CALYPSEian economy, worth an astonishing 13,972 trillion bloody severed fingers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 396,684 bloody severed fingers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Most pop videos prominently feature the AP0CALYPSEian flag, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs, and prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. AP0CALYPSE's national animal is the bio-organic weapon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of the Coming Darkness.

AP0CALYPSE is ranked 354th in the world and 2nd in Antarctica for Most Corrupt Governments, with 503.18 Kickbacks Per Hour.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 9thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9thLargest Insurance Industry: 69thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 132ndHighest Economic Output: 145thLargest Populations: 156thLowest Crime Rates: 156thMost Ignorant Citizens: 179thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 193rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 223rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 234thMost Stationary: 270thHighest Poor Incomes: 336thMost Corrupt Governments: 354thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 357thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 436thHighest Average Incomes: 565thFattest Citizens: 602ndMost Beautiful Environments: 682ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 741stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 805thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 903rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,544thTop
5%
Best Weather: 1,845thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,070thMost Efficient Economies: 2,297thLargest Black Market: 2,576thMost Devout: 4,471stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,791stLargest Governments: 4,997thMost Influential: 5,075thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,212thMost Conservative: 5,285thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,673rdMost Authoritarian: 6,218thTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,025thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,452ndMost Extreme: 13,506thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,700thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,312thLargest Mining Sector: 15,883rd
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5%
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, most pop videos prominently feature the AP0CALYPSEian flag.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, nations that kill an AP0CALYPSEian can expect a strongly worded letter.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, the government spends billions to protect AP0CALYPSE from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in AP0CALYPSE, the path to inner peace is paved with state-mandated punishment.
  • : AP0CALYPSE was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes, the Top 5% for Most Authoritarian, and the Top 10% for Most Extreme.

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