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The Empire of Great Scapula

“That the people aspire and idolize” Dher

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific


Great Scapula

Population13.509 billion

Faiththe cult to Vika

Animalwhite deer

The Empire of Great Scapula is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Dher with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 13.509 billion Great Scapulans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vikaland. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The frighteningly efficient a Great Scapulan economy, worth a remarkable 2,034 trillion golds a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 150,639 golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground, the Great Scapula Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, and women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Great Scapula's national animal is the white deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the cult to Vika.

Great Scapula is ranked 223,426th in the world and 8,422nd in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -18.71 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,101stMost Influential: 1,369thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,494thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,276thHealthiest Citizens: 2,396thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,611thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,695thMost Pacifist: 2,974thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,975thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,024thMost Developed: 3,075thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,193rdBest Weather: 3,231stLargest Welfare Programs: 3,308thLowest Crime Rates: 3,572ndSafest: 3,899thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,068thLargest Governments: 4,200thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,662ndSmartest Citizens: 4,943rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,500thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,955thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,167thNicest Citizens: 6,451stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,075thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,128thMost Stationary: 7,258thHighest Economic Output: 7,457thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,989thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,389thMost Efficient Economies: 9,706thMost Inclusive: 10,421stMost Cultured: 10,470thTop
Most Secular: 12,565thHighest Average Incomes: 13,485thLargest Populations: 17,358th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 67th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 70th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 77th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 78th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 78th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 81st in the regionTop
Most Developed: 100th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 101st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 102nd in the regionLargest Governments: 109th in the regionBest Weather: 109th in the regionMost Pacifist: 118th in the regionSafest: 132nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 133rd in the regionMost Influential: 135th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 142nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 144th in the regionMost Stationary: 150th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 152nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 160th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 166th in the regionLargest Populations: 196th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 203rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 209th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 213th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 218th in the regionNicest Citizens: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 258th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 272nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 283rd in the regionMost Cultured: 294th in the regionMost Inclusive: 353rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 372nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 444th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 814th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, the Great Scapula Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • : Great Scapula was endorsed by The People's Republic of Jazzfrezia.
  • : Great Scapula was endorsed by The Emperor repairing a nation of Silmad.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, years of counter-terrorism planning are foiled by small details.
  • : Great Scapula was endorsed by The Grand Duchy of Ferrhibium.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, kissing cousins produce the heartiest babies.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Scapula, owning a fishing rod can cause you to be subject to military questioning.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 177 » Tsunamy, The Two Jerseys, Seliyan progressive Islands, Darakin, Bear Connors Paradiso, Curlyhoward, Kiasu-ism, Theorin, The United Expanse, Sanden, Sedunn, Lioniel, Pamela And Hepatitis, Soem, Ancient Slobovia, Japanese Federal Republic, Cacoethesa, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Madhonia, FreeFishers, Kholdan, Transtemporal Shifts, The Solar System Scope, Pax Dracon, Luddinlande, Farengeto, Kringalia, Techganet, Erinor, Auphelia, Oxsania, Si-topia, Centristvill, Nowa Europa, Hanguk-Nippon, Aidenfieeld, Tsvetania, Sandaoguo, Vincent Field, Aywhyou, Escevola, Volaworand, North Kanuckistan, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Rebel-topia, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Saciu, New Briantown, Yellunstryer, Nova Montron, and 127 others.Great Andora, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Silberne Wache, Barabarom, Isokenzar, Aurcania, Aguatania, USNE2018, Direwolf1, Abarri, Xandev, Kandorith, Whimichy, Qvait, Land Without Shrimp, Wehraboos, North Catimestistrianes, Drystar, Dasko, The Filippinas, PenguinPies, Amerion, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Maeiland, Imperial Duck, Linguiniland, Empa Aserium, Mapico, Noveos, Astraee, Bleakfoot, Bumblegaria, Nueva Alta California, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Holy Free, Farelonia, Moreana, Dereistic, Ebonhand, West Pastafaria, Sthalrim, Page 53, Eastern Liberal Lidership, Jehenna, Havenfell, Sau Man Frescher, Crystal Creation, Raelsa, Baltenlands, Anserisa, Barokah, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Fasire, United Crumburrtha Federation, Ralphburg, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, ChickenDome, Elan Sleazebaganno, Kervanosia, Quh, Weburya, Utondara, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, Compli, Marinho Islands, East Nagaland, Sumalyo, Dis7Nation, Markla, Shefino, The Worst army of, Dirkistan, LadyRebels, Royaltica, Laamiva, Corgitopiaa, Peoples National Patronage, Efferalt, Well F, Valdutz, Greater Hyrulang, Belschaft, Idiono, Myness, Drugged Monkeys, Midand, Concrete Slab, East Lodge, Catillos, House Ahsanul, Les Slokovia, Merevane, Tepertopia, Philippinia, Brunier, Qawe, Phanama, Kricivk, Purple Hyacinth, Bartonia Nova, Venestralia, Laurus Altat, Tsaritsia, Ovkianos, Drazilazi, Ubu Mimoki, Klobitien, Kaoia, Zataras, Ofaria, Alfama, The land of Hades, Seythennia, Rabbitz, Bod Wareenaland, Vanbella, Integria, Eskvenn, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Ostanasia, Novum Sina, Ferrhibium, Silmad, and Jazzfrezia.

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