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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:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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General Mike

Population32.561 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, orderly nation, ruled by Imperial Über Kaisführer Michael I with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, prohibition of alcohol, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.561 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, well-organized 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 10,882 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 334,233 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 203,262nd in the world and 7,442nd in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -18.87 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Developed: 36thLongest Average Lifespans: 43rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 45thLargest Black Market: 47thHealthiest Citizens: 52ndMost Corrupt Governments: 73rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 84thMost Cultured: 134thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 147thLargest Welfare Programs: 190thLowest Crime Rates: 210thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 211thMost Subsidized Industry: 247thMost Advanced Public Education: 259thMost Beautiful Environments: 318thSmartest Citizens: 321stHighest Economic Output: 340thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 397thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 408thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 593rdHighest Poor Incomes: 627thHighest Average Tax Rates: 838thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,031stLargest Governments: 1,038thHighest Average Incomes: 1,380thLargest Populations: 1,455thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,769thTop
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Most Influential: 2,950thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,353rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,144thMost Efficient Economies: 4,410thMost Secular: 4,460thMost Inclusive: 6,808thMost Stationary: 6,850thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,836thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,904thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 12,574th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 45th in the regionLargest Populations: 46th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Governments: 54th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 73rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 88th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 101st in the regionMost Stationary: 130th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 215th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 224th in the regionMost Secular: 226th in the regionMost Inclusive: 323rd in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 425th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 446th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 488th in the region

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