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The Blessed Kingdom of Custadia

“God is a Custadian.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Custadia

Population11.244 billion

CapitalKrudzt
LeaderHoly Emperor Strenst XXIX

CurrencyTeil
AnimalWolf

The Blessed Kingdom of Custadia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Holy Emperor Strenst XXIX with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, public floggings, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.244 billion Custadians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Krudzt. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The strong Custadian economy, worth a remarkable 2,523 trillion Teils a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 224,448 Teils, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 913,729 per year while the poor average 36,601, a ratio of 25.0 to 1.

Pawn shop reality shows dominate basic cable, it's best not to ask what goes into Krudzt Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices, swarms of present-laden delivery drones blot out the sun before major holidays, and 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Custadia's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Custadia is ranked 79,808th in the world and 3,154th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,254.39 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 314thMost Advanced Public Transport: 601stLargest Black Market: 639thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 977thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,121stLargest Mining Sector: 1,307thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,522ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,522ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,529thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1,666thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,705thMost Avoided: 1,905thMost Influential: 2,153rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,213thLargest Governments: 2,546thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,954thHighest Average Incomes: 4,054thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,104thHighest Economic Output: 4,426thLowest Crime Rates: 5,706thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,227thMost Inclusive: 11,263rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,541stSmartest Citizens: 12,376thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,524th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 28th in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionMost Influential: 33rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 50th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 66th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 77th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 89th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 91st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 100th in the regionMost Avoided: 105th in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 171st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 178th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 201st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 213th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 314th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 339th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 429th in the regionLargest Populations: 553rd in the region

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