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The Rising Sun Empire of Greater Jes New Islands

“Long live the Emperor! Banzai!”

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

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Novus Lucidum


Greater Jes New Islands

Population4.196 billion

LeaderAtari ten'nō


The Rising Sun Empire of Greater Jes New Islands is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Atari ten'nō with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, smutty television, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.196 billion Jesians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shihon. The average income tax rate is 15.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Jesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,562 trillion Yans a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 372,371 Yans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High school principals regularly send armed truancy patrols to drag problem students to school, nude art is becoming wildly popular, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals, and citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Greater Jes New Islands. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Greater Jes New Islands's national animal is the Kraken, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Greater Jes New Islands is ranked 21,847th in the world and 25th in Novus Lucidum for Most Developed, scoring 73.47 on the Human Development Index.

Most Armed: 293rdHighest Poor Incomes: 342ndLargest Retail Industry: 421stMost Avoided: 467thFattest Citizens: 507thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 521stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 529thHighest Disposable Incomes: 536thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 583rdHighest Crime Rates: 584thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 586thMost Scientifically Advanced: 734thHighest Average Incomes: 748thMost Corrupt Governments: 827thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,048thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,071stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,072ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,076thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,570thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,777thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,789thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,858thLargest Black Market: 1,877thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,881stRudest Citizens: 1,932ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,730thSmartest Citizens: 2,762ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,852ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,214thLargest Governments: 4,960thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,172ndMost Cultured: 5,552ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,637thMost Secular: 6,135thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,241stMost Influential: 6,942ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 8,215thMost Efficient Economies: 8,317thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,661stLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,348th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the region

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