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The Grand Holy Imperial Empire of General Mike

“Even the end of the world will be dull and a let down.” Imperial Über Kaisführer Michael I

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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General Mike

Population33.053 billion

CapitalMikegrad
LeaderImperial Über Kaisführer Michael I
Faithsome sort of cult

Currencyhyperinflated dollar
AnimalVietcong

The Grand Holy Imperial Empire of General Mike is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Imperial Über Kaisführer Michael I with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 33.053 billion Michaeans 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mikegrad. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Michaean economy, worth an astonishing 10,946 trillion hyperinflated dollars 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, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. 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 amazing 331,183 hyperinflated dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are often punished for the sins of the fathers, the freedom to be free is always just out of reach, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, and Imperial Über Kaisführer Michael I signs the laws but abides by none of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. General Mike's national animal is the Vietcong, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is some sort of cult.

General Mike is ranked 90th in the world and 6th in Lazarus for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 10,029.42 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Developed: 36thLongest Average Lifespans: 46thMost Advanced Public Transport: 48thLargest Black Market: 52ndHealthiest Citizens: 54thMost Corrupt Governments: 76thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 90thMost Cultured: 140thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 148thLargest Welfare Programs: 207thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 209thLowest Crime Rates: 217thMost Subsidized Industry: 262ndMost Advanced Public Education: 276thMost Beautiful Environments: 325thSmartest Citizens: 336thHighest Economic Output: 351stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 400thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 428thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 671stHighest Average Tax Rates: 854thHighest Poor Incomes: 882ndLargest Governments: 1,058thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,126thHighest Average Incomes: 1,450thLargest Populations: 1,452ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,961stTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,133rdMost Influential: 3,219thMost Secular: 4,402ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,404thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,413thMost Stationary: 6,739thMost Inclusive: 6,948thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,538thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,017thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 21,732nd
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 49th in the regionLargest Governments: 52nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 59th in the regionMost Influential: 83rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 84th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 101st in the regionMost Stationary: 130th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 205th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 218th in the regionMost Secular: 223rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 327th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 431st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 443rd in the region

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