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The Ecclesiastical Matriarchy of Faelauntz

“Malwch gelyn iddi Hi.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Lazarus



Population2.398 billion

LeaderPope Tommie XVI
FaithChurch of Mary Magdalene


The Ecclesiastical Matriarchy of Faelauntz is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Pope Tommie XVI with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, state-planned economy, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.398 billion Fae 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 enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rhosyndinas. The average income tax rate is 81.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Faelau economy, worth 229 trillion rations 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 95,842 rations, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The new Bison Supremacy Party is faring well in the polls, home renovation shows are increasingly popular, a positive pregnancy test doubles as a visa, and warfare increasingly resembles a video game. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Faelauntz's national animal is the bison, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Church of Mary Magdalene.

Faelauntz is ranked 137,789th in the world and 5,420th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 688.16 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Devout: 3,377thMost Armed: 4,656thLargest Mining Sector: 6,643rdMost Avoided: 8,629thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,470thMost Influential: 9,546thTop
Largest Black Market: 11,969thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,557thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,924thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,086thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,815thLargest Governments: 18,040thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,573rd
Most Devout: 175th in the regionMost Armed: 232nd in the regionMost Influential: 235th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 349th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 495th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 599th in the regionLargest Black Market: 696th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 709th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 747th in the region

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