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The Empire of Cobrallstain

“We don't rule, We live.” James

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population4.734 billion


CurrencyDamascus Rose

The Empire of Cobrallstain is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by James with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, pith helmet sales, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.734 billion Cobrallstainians 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 Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canadia. The average income tax rate is 89.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Cobrallstainian economy, worth 918 trillion Damascus Roses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 193,920 Damascus Roses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Children seem to be getting better at lying these days, the government seizes all major gold finds, lottery winners spend most of their money on security, and laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cobrallstain's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Cobrallstain is ranked 69,767th in the world and 3,454th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 22.87 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,499thMost Influential: 1,552ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,418thMost Developed: 4,930thMost Efficient Economies: 5,079thMost Devout: 5,129thLargest Governments: 5,570thMost Cultured: 5,593rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,027thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,044thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,533rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,924thSmartest Citizens: 7,119thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,147thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,268thHealthiest Citizens: 7,522ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,131stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,156thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,708thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,781stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,788thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,876thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,957thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,657thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,940thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 13,981stLargest Mining Sector: 15,483rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,605thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,775thHighest Economic Output: 18,357thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,577thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,613th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 68th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 121st in the regionMost Devout: 206th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 264th in the regionMost Cultured: 274th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 282nd in the regionLargest Governments: 286th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 289th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 299th in the regionMost Developed: 301st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 320th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 330th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 351st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 354th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 370th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 392nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 395th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 398th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 403rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 419th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 443rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 464th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 472nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 480th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 563rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 610th in the regionMost Influential: 620th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 665th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 735th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 742nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 783rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 826th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 921st in the region

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