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The Magisterial Empire of Germinal

“Virtus In Imperium Stat”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Germinal

Population1.002 billion

CapitalNew Versailles
LeaderEmperor Mathew I

Currencypiastre
Animalpeacock

The Magisterial Empire of Germinal is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Mathew I with an even hand, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.002 billion Imperials are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Versailles. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Germinalian economy, worth 114 trillion piastres a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 114,266 piastres, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Where there's a will there is usually a password manager, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour, a murderous reputation can revitalise a flagging celebrity career, and spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Germinal's national animal is the peacock, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Germinal is ranked 16,156th in the world and 43rd in The Free Nations Region for Most Developed, scoring 79.52 on the Human Development Index.

Top
5%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,301stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,943rdMost Pacifist: 3,777thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,276thSafest: 4,928thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,154thMost Influential: 6,288thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,593rdMost Inclusive: 6,955thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,064thNicest Citizens: 7,246thTop
10%
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,557thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,279thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,666thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,858thHealthiest Citizens: 10,075thBest Weather: 10,210thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,339thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,727thLargest Governments: 10,805thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,639thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,850thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,969thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,353rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,708thMost Secular: 13,481stSmartest Citizens: 14,186thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,538thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,473rdMost Subsidized Industry: 15,958thMost Developed: 16,156thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,678th
Top
5%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 22nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22nd in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, a murderous reputation can revitalise a flagging celebrity career.
  • : Germinal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, where there's a will there is usually a password manager.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, the new coalition government is so large nobody knows where it begins.
  • : Following new legislation in Germinal, voting is voluntary.

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