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The Commonwealth of Cyleia

“Strength through Unity” Silas Adar

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population10.525 billion

LeaderSilas Adar


The Commonwealth of Cyleia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Silas Adar with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 10.525 billion Cyleians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Education and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Erare. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Cyleian economy, worth a remarkable 3,825 trillion racus a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 363,498 racus, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,251,670 per year while the poor average 25,318, a ratio of 88.9 to 1.

Passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, and history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Cyleia's national animal is the phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cyleia is ranked 9,460th in the world and 237th in Lazarus for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 85.29 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Largest Retail Industry: 51stRudest Citizens: 76thHighest Crime Rates: 87thMost Armed: 93rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 177thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 207thFattest Citizens: 232ndMost Rebellious Youth: 248thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 294thMost Avoided: 295thHighest Disposable Incomes: 316thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 340thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 377thMost Scientifically Advanced: 429thLargest Gambling Industry: 440thLargest Information Technology Sector: 547thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 706thMost Cultured: 795thMost Inclusive: 798thHighest Average Incomes: 810thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,394thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,457thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,462ndTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,695thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,747thLargest Mining Sector: 1,823rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,946thSmartest Citizens: 2,040thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,095thHighest Economic Output: 2,348thHighest Drug Use: 2,385thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,496thMost Efficient Economies: 3,036thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,805thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,448thMost Pro-Market: 7,504thTop
Most Stationary: 9,220thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,460thLargest Black Market: 9,515thMost Influential: 9,655thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,680thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,834thMost Extreme: 15,638th
Largest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 35th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 40th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 58th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 71st in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 82nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 90th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 91st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 97th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 101st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 105th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 108th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 124th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 175th in the regionMost Stationary: 176th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 211th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 237th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 248th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 255th in the regionMost Influential: 289th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 473rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 535th in the regionLargest Black Market: 575th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 599th in the regionLargest Populations: 599th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election".
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, Cyleian-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways.
  • : Following new legislation in Cyleia, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.


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