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The Ultimacy of Glass Heart

“Mieu & Ueim” Glass Heart

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Glass Heart

Population5.719 billion

CapitalArvekryn
LeaderGlass Heart
FaithGoomyism

CurrencyCrown
AnimalFat Cat

The Ultimacy of Glass Heart is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Glass Heart with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.719 billion GHeartians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arvekryn. The average income tax rate is 92.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient GHeart economy, worth 803 trillion Crowns a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 140,510 Crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet, the news is showing footage of Glass Heart bullying an old man to the point of tears, nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked, and the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Glass Heart's national animal is the Fat Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Goomyism.

Glass Heart is ranked 59,616th in the world and 2,319th in Lazarus for Most Income Equality, scoring 42.35 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 569thMost Efficient Economies: 1,285thTop
5%
Most Devout: 1,947thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,998thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,162ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,479thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,650thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,357thMost Influential: 4,164thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,287thLargest Governments: 6,454thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,829thMost Developed: 7,413thHealthiest Citizens: 7,996thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,284thTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,425thMost Cultured: 9,899thMost Authoritarian: 10,722ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,772ndSmartest Citizens: 11,519thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,120thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,215thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,974thHighest Average Incomes: 14,620thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,323rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,485thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,773rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,303rd
Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 35th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 72nd in the regionTop
5%
Most Subsidized Industry: 97th in the regionMost Devout: 113th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 122nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 123rd in the regionMost Influential: 134th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 162nd in the regionLargest Governments: 359th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 362nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 369th in the regionMost Developed: 379th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 396th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 455th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 464th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 505th in the regionMost Cultured: 572nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 596th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 619th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 623rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 694th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, the news is showing footage of Glass Heart bullying an old man to the point of tears.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, replacement organs are grown in vats.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Following new legislation in Glass Heart, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • : Glass Heart was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Glass Heart was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.

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