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The Kingdom of Elmgard

“Duty unto Death”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: New Western Empire

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Elmgard

Population294 million

CapitalAroshall

CurrencyElmCrown
AnimalCelestial Hawk

The Kingdom of Elmgard is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical population of 294 million Elmgardians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aroshall. The average income tax rate is 59.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Elmgardian economy, worth 27.8 trillion ElmCrowns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 94,470 ElmCrowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles, young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists, and fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elmgard's national animal is the Celestial Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Elmgard is ranked 23,356th in the world and 92nd in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 80 on the Human Development Index.

Top
1%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 140thTop
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7,222ndTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 17,047thSafest: 19,308thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,180thBest Weather: 22,186thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,821stMost Influential: 23,027thMost Developed: 23,356thMost Compassionate Citizens: 23,632ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,977th
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1%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Conservative: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Elmgard voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Quebecshire".
  • : Elmgard voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity.
  • : Elmgard was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector and Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Elmgard, it isn't only obsequious grandees who produce a lot of manure at state occasions.

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