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The Empire of Elyseia

“ⴱⵢ ⴱⵉⵔⵜⵀ, ⵏⵓⵜ ⵎⴻⵔⵉⵜ.”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Kerbals of the North

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Elyseia

Population493 million

CurrencyImperial Marqe
AnimalEastern Waldern

The Empire of Elyseia is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 493 million Elyseians 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 tiny government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.1%.

The very strong Elyseian economy, worth 28.7 trillion Imperial Marqes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is 58,232 Imperial Marqes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 171,241 per year while the poor average 15,596, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

A common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously", the government seizes all major gold finds, the year's most anticipated show is "Great Deals on Delicious Meals", and eight-year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Elyseia's national animal is the Eastern Waldern, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Elyseia is ranked 97,842nd in the world and 21st in Kerbals of the North for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 171,242 Standard Monetary Units.

Top
10%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 23,488thLargest Agricultural Sector: 25,978thMost Secular: 28,905th
Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Elyseia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Elyseia's influence in Kerbals of the North rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Elyseia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector and Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, eight-year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement.
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, the year's most anticipated show is "Great Deals on Delicious Meals".
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them.
  • : Elyseia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Elyseia, tourists are flocking to the newly-built MeteorLand family resort.

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