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The Holy Empire of Byzant

“In hoc signo vinces”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Byzant

Population33.984 billion

CapitalConstantinople
LeaderJustinian and Theodora
FaithOrthodoxy

Currencybezant
Animaleagle

The Holy Empire of Byzant is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Justinian and Theodora with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 33.984 billion Byzantians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 1.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantian economy, worth a remarkable 5,308 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Cheese Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 156,198 bezants, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools, several inches are being added to first class seating, people talk about things being better when men were men, and children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name. 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 8,362nd in the world and 221st in the Rejected Realms for Highest Poor Incomes, with 110,694.51 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Mining Sector: 14thMost Devout: 178thMost Primitive: 213thLowest Crime Rates: 308thMost Pacifist: 374thNicest Citizens: 453rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 460thMost Cheerful Citizens: 613thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 744thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 846thMost Cultured: 1,004thFattest Citizens: 1,030thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,042ndLargest Populations: 1,194thMost Stationary: 1,202ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,225thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,235thMost Efficient Economies: 1,374thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,516thHighest Economic Output: 1,671stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,070thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,790thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,140thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,835thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,474thMost Influential: 4,538thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,362ndTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 12,263rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,267thLargest Governments: 20,069th
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Largest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Primitive: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 34th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 39th in the regionFattest Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionMost Influential: 45th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 49th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 55th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 61st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 63rd in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 94th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 139th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 221st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 281st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 353rd in the regionLargest Governments: 505th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 584th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, people talk about things being better when men were men.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, parents ask their ten-year-olds for help with their government-mandated book reports.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, mysterious black helicopters menace farmers to ensure compliance with straitjacketing agricultural policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, rumor has it that Justinian and Theodora has won three lotteries in a row.

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