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The Realm of Cimmerien

“Gott steht der menschlichen Sterblichkeit überlegen.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population9.562 billion

LeaderEmperor Matthias VIII
FaithChurch of Cimmeria


The Realm of Cimmerien is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Matthias VIII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.562 billion Cimmerians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dinsmark. The average income tax rate is 90.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cimmerian economy, worth a remarkable 1,451 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 151,848 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations, women complaining about lack of opportunity are told to "man up", demand for gourmet white truffles is on the rise, and the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cimmerien's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Church of Cimmeria.

Cimmerien is ranked 14,708th in the world and 789th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,908.63 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,603rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,596thMost Influential: 3,880thLowest Crime Rates: 4,671stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,334thHealthiest Citizens: 6,040thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,362ndLargest Governments: 7,247thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,484thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,567thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,621stMost Efficient Economies: 8,146thBest Weather: 8,371stMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,386thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,036thMost Stationary: 9,664thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,157thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,558thMost Developed: 10,848thHighest Economic Output: 10,978thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,527thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,673rdMost Beautiful Environments: 12,991stHighest Average Incomes: 13,054thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,270thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,708thSafest: 14,816thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,934thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,861stSmartest Citizens: 19,387thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20,747th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 102nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 130th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 198th in the regionMost Stationary: 204th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 223rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 330th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 337th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 343rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 366th in the regionLargest Governments: 369th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 378th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 411th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 416th in the regionBest Weather: 447th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 473rd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 506th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 508th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 554th in the regionMost Developed: 608th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 610th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 611th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 645th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 660th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 672nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 674th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 775th in the regionSafest: 786th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 789th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 893rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 958th in the regionMost Influential: 975th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 976th in the region

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