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The Grand Diarchy of Harmonic Empire

“Till triumf genom trångmål!” Caserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Codex Ylvus

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Harmonic Empire

Population7.635 billion

CapitalIshkur
LeaderCaserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt
FaithHarmonisch Asatru

CurrencyIshkurian Cepel
AnimalSandrau Wyvern

The Grand Diarchy of Harmonic Empire is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Caserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.635 billion Ishkurians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ishkur. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ishkurian economy, worth a remarkable 3,407 trillion Ishkurian Cepels a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 446,357 Ishkurian Cepels, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,261,745 per year while the poor average 126,332, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

The new national anthem passes the Turing Test, military spending is on the increase, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, and endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Harmonic Empire's national animal is the Sandrau Wyvern, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Harmonisch Asatru.

Harmonic Empire is ranked 43,796th in the world and 38th in Codex Ylvus for Nudest, with 189.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Largest Retail Industry: 433rdHighest Average Incomes: 477thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 546thLargest Black Market: 669thMost Subsidized Industry: 671stMost Efficient Economies: 713thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 752ndRudest Citizens: 754thMost Valuable International Artwork: 770thFattest Citizens: 771stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 795thLargest Information Technology Sector: 803rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 855thMost Secular: 919thMost Avoided: 926thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 938thLargest Insurance Industry: 946thMost Corrupt Governments: 953rdMost Armed: 1,000thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,044thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,085thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,216thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,278thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,588thLargest Mining Sector: 1,838thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,893rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,073rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,103rdTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,405thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,766thSmartest Citizens: 3,339thLargest Governments: 3,348thHighest Economic Output: 3,519thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,568thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,851stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,930thMost Cultured: 6,510thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,953rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,658thLowest Crime Rates: 18,976thMost Influential: 20,473rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,917thMost Conservative: 21,290th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionNudest: 38th in the regionMost Conservative: 40th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 47th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 48th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 57th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 70th in the regionMost Extreme: 77th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Harmonic Empire lodged a message on the Codex Ylvus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, the new national anthem passes the Turing Test.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, disposable antiseptic wipes are considered a social necessity.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Ishkurian beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Harmonic Empire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.

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