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The Holy Empire of Danfer

“Danfer's worst enemy is the unfaithful!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus



Population2.454 billion

LeaderThe high priest and prophet
FaithThe word of all


The Holy Empire of Danfer is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The high priest and prophet with an iron fist, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, zero percent divorce rate, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.454 billion pawn of the lords 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.5%.

The all-consuming a pawn economy, worth 275 trillion tazmjs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 112,430 tazmjs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 534,711 per year while the poor average 13,921, a ratio of 38.4 to 1.

Vets have been drafted in to help "fix" those who fail the parental license exam, immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps, the nation is loathed abroad for dumping all of its waste in international waters, and citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Danfer's national animal is the dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The word of all.

Danfer is ranked 107,704th in the world and 4,428th in Lazarus for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 2,551.84 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,419thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,467thTop
Most Devout: 2,419thFattest Citizens: 5,249thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,598thMost Avoided: 6,097thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,536thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,616thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,895thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,968thLargest Mining Sector: 7,582ndMost Conservative: 8,099thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,219thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,143rdMost Corrupt Governments: 9,145thLargest Black Market: 9,475thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,130thMost Authoritarian: 15,225thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,919thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,315th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 73rd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 121st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 266th in the regionMost Conservative: 267th in the regionFattest Citizens: 291st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 324th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 344th in the regionMost Avoided: 351st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 366th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 371st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 376th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 378th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 395th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 441st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 504th in the regionLargest Black Market: 544th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 617th in the regionMost Extreme: 668th in the regionMost Influential: 725th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 780th in the region

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