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The Holy Empire of Byzant

“In hoc signo vinces”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population31.913 billion

LeaderJustinian and Theodora


The Holy Empire of Byzant is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Justinian and Theodora with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 31.913 billion Byzantians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Law & Order, although Education is also considered important, while Social Policy and Public Transport are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantian economy, worth a remarkable 4,548 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 142,540 bezants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

There is a growing belief that mothers love their children more than fathers, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests, artists are pillars of society, and cosmopolitan citizens ask what their countries can do for them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Byzant's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Orthodoxy.

Byzant is ranked 123,573rd in the world and 4,186th in the Rejected Realms for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 38.95 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Largest Mining Sector: 13thMost Primitive: 183rdMost Devout: 225thMost Pacifist: 337thMost Compassionate Citizens: 395thNicest Citizens: 398thLowest Crime Rates: 454thFattest Citizens: 497thMost Cheerful Citizens: 633rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 761stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 837thMost Cultured: 1,114thLargest Populations: 1,231stMost Stationary: 1,289thMost Efficient Economies: 1,616thTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,770thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,361stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,851stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,870thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,131stHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,205thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,539thMost Influential: 4,170thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,757thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,877thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 8,744thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,594thHighest Average Incomes: 14,082ndHighest Poor Incomes: 14,512th
Largest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Primitive: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 46th in the regionMost Influential: 48th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 60th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 73rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 80th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 92nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 113th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 156th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 175th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 197th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 229th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 313th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 326th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, cosmopolitan citizens ask what their countries can do for them.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, there is a growing belief that mothers love their children more than fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, protestors are soaking piles of bezants in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Byzant was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Byzant was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, the state believes that children are what you make of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, a degree in Justinian And Theodora Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers.


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