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The Empire of Devinsburg

“Loyalty until death, strength in unity” The Supreme Overlord

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population12.217 billion

LeaderThe Supreme Overlord
FaithThe Church of The Holy Supreme Overlord

AnimalSabre-Tooth Tiger

The Empire of Devinsburg is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Supreme Overlord with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, enslaved workforce, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.217 billion Devinsburgians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dinkleburg. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Devinsburgian economy, worth a remarkable 8,050 trillion grams 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. 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 a breathtaking 658,958 grams, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony, decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money, and the practice of capital punishment proves divisive. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Devinsburg's national animal is the Sabre-Tooth Tiger, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Church of The Holy Supreme Overlord.

Devinsburg is ranked 4,638th in the world and 197th in Lazarus for Smartest Citizens, with 136.93 quips per hour.

Most Patriotic: 11thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 37thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 45thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 67thMost Corrupt Governments: 99thLargest Mining Sector: 101stHighest Average Incomes: 135thHighest Poor Incomes: 142ndMost Devout: 153rdLargest Black Market: 219thMost Avoided: 294thLowest Crime Rates: 390thLargest Governments: 509thLargest Insurance Industry: 632ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 737thMost Valuable International Artwork: 811thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,089thMost Conservative: 1,232ndHighest Economic Output: 1,264thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,269thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,635thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,942ndRudest Citizens: 3,169thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,271stSmartest Citizens: 4,638thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,895thMost Efficient Economies: 4,909thMost Influential: 5,601stMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,465thMost Authoritarian: 8,617thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,472ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,635thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,767thMost Developed: 15,078th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 37th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 53rd in the regionMost Conservative: 55th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 85th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 92nd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 123rd in the regionMost Influential: 129th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 132nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 143rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 158th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 197th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 229th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 244th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 429th in the regionMost Stationary: 438th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 551st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 691st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 743rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 753rd in the regionMost Developed: 867th in the regionLargest Populations: 1,019th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, Devinsburg isn't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Devinsburg.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, women who display their ankles are shunned by society.
  • : Following new legislation in Devinsburg, aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice.