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The Confederate Monarchy of Belle Ilse en Terre

“Optimus Mores Veteribus”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Western Isles


Belle Ilse en Terre

Population6.664 billion

LeaderKing George II


The Confederate Monarchy of Belle Ilse en Terre is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King George II with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 6.664 billion Ilsans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ost-in-Edhil. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The all-consuming Ilsan economy, worth a remarkable 1,028 trillion Livres a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 154,295 Livres, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 757,140 per year while the poor average 17,996, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly, bars are packed at all hours, stony-faced prosecutors play loud gangster rap music during court proceedings, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the highest court in the land. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Belle Ilse en Terre's national animal is the Stag, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Belle Ilse en Terre is ranked 753rd in the world and 5th in The Western Isles for Most Devout, with 11,469.1 Prayers Per Hour.

Most Devout: 753rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,016thHighest Crime Rates: 1,040thFattest Citizens: 1,221stLargest Mining Sector: 1,296thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,331stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,349thMost Armed: 1,378thMost Avoided: 1,458thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,517thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,225thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,227thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,246thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,294thMost Primitive: 2,629thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,850thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,891stMost Influential: 3,167thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,451stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,681stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,022ndRudest Citizens: 6,329thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,587thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,697thHighest Average Incomes: 11,680thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,999thMost Cultured: 13,713thHighest Economic Output: 14,183rdLargest Publishing Industry: 15,123rdMost Stationary: 15,649thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,459thLargest Gambling Industry: 16,716th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 16th in the region

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