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The Islamic Republic of Burhania

“From few, many” Shaykh Burhan

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population4.562 billion

LeaderShaykh Burhan
FaithSunni Islam

CurrencyGold Dinar
AnimalGold-Horned Gazelle

The Islamic Republic of Burhania is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Shaykh Burhan with an iron fist, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, compulsory military service, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.562 billion Burhanians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Xamar. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 32.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Burhanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,244 trillion Gold Dinars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 272,736 Gold Dinars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,128,621 per year while the poor average 43,269, a ratio of 26.1 to 1.

People have to sneak out of the country in order to have sex, baseball caps are the new fashion trend, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and political activists are routinely executed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Burhania's national animal is the Gold-Horned Gazelle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Sunni Islam.

Burhania is ranked 27,483rd in the world and 1,061st in the Rejected Realms for Most Pro-Market, scoring 69.11 on the Rand Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 625thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 952ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 989thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,026thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,082ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,347thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,574thTop
Largest Black Market: 1,860thMost Devout: 1,908thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,962ndMost Avoided: 1,978thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,020thHighest Average Incomes: 2,243rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,447thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,306thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,120thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,637thLargest Mining Sector: 4,661stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,367thMost Cultured: 5,457thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,696thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,973rdFattest Citizens: 6,355thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,367thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,581stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,751stMost Efficient Economies: 8,280thTop
Largest Governments: 10,071stHighest Economic Output: 11,456thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,613thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,725thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,334thSmartest Citizens: 13,368thMost Armed: 16,838th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 40th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 49th in the regionMost Avoided: 50th in the regionMost Devout: 50th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 53rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 58th in the regionLargest Black Market: 59th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 65th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 80th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 106th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 106th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 121st in the regionMost Cultured: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 123rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 142nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 146th in the regionFattest Citizens: 170th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 171st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 197th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 214th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 234th in the regionLargest Governments: 247th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 263rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 305th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 315th in the regionMost Conservative: 340th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 351st in the regionMost Influential: 434th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 458th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 476th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Burhania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, political activists are routinely executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, baseball caps are the new fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, people have to sneak out of the country in order to have sex.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, almost half of the child population live rough on the streets.
  • : Burhania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Fattest Citizens and Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, disadvantaged neighbourhoods have become no-go areas after sundown.
  • : Following new legislation in Burhania, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 7 » Kyorgia, Emeseses, Zavea, UKIMAR RBON, Islamic Republic e Jariri, Aqueira, and TorNaGul.

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