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The Byzantine Empire of Constantinolia

“Βασιλεὺς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλευόντων”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: 10000 Islands

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Constantinolia

Population6.958 billion

CapitalConstantinople
LeaderAndronikos VI
FaithCatholicism

Currencyhyperpyron
Animaleagle

The Byzantine Empire of Constantinolia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Andronikos VI with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, ubiquitous missile silos, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 6.958 billion Byzantines 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantine economy, worth a remarkable 1,270 trillion hyperpyrons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 182,607 hyperpyrons, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 809,037 per year while the poor average 25,740, a ratio of 31.4 to 1.

Business leaders are mailing Andronikos VI forged birth certificates in a bid to win their rivals as serfs, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores, and preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Constantinolia's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Constantinolia is ranked 175,825th in the world and 1,985th in 10000 Islands for Safest, scoring 24.61 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 114thMost Devout: 777thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,461stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,601stLargest Retail Industry: 2,805thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,961stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,167thFattest Citizens: 3,253rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,183rdMost Influential: 4,226thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,488thMost Avoided: 5,631stLargest Insurance Industry: 5,727thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,739thMost Efficient Economies: 6,467thRudest Citizens: 6,956thLargest Black Market: 7,365thHighest Average Incomes: 8,111thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,756thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,360thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,909thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,676thMost Cultured: 12,058thHighest Economic Output: 12,888thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,489thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,376thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,789thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,508thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,797thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,991st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 39th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionFattest Citizens: 43rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 49th in the regionMost Avoided: 56th in the regionLargest Black Market: 59th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 68th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 76th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 94th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 95th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 96th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 103rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 104th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 111th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 132nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 137th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 148th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 153rd in the regionMost Influential: 159th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 166th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 178th in the regionMost Armed: 189th in the regionMost Cultured: 199th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 202nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 204th in the region

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