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The Impireach Cheilteach of Ierna

“Tá ár lá tar éis teacht” Árd Rí Rodinius

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: New Western Empire

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Ierna

Population4.936 billion

CapitalHibernia
LeaderÁrd Rí Rodinius
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyValera
AnimalGreat Irish Elk

The Impireach Cheilteach of Ierna is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Árd Rí Rodinius with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.936 billion Iernans 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hibernia. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Iernan economy, worth 717 trillion Valeras a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 145,263 Valeras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Ierna Blood Tithe. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ierna's national animal is the Great Irish Elk, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Ierna is ranked 3,478th in the world and 12th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 95.88 on the Human Development Index.

Top
1%
Most Secular: 896thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,200thBest Weather: 1,704thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,779thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,404thTop
5%
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,420thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,469thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,901stMost Authoritarian: 2,979thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,089thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,139thHealthiest Citizens: 3,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,319thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,329thMost Developed: 3,478thLargest Governments: 4,437thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,913thMost Cultured: 5,989thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,606thSmartest Citizens: 6,937thMost Influential: 7,214thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,305thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,367thMost Conservative: 7,571stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,862ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,154thSafest: 10,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,109thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,175thTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 12,366thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,468thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,551stHighest Average Incomes: 15,266thMost Extreme: 16,555thMost Income Equality: 19,207th
Top
1%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Most Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ierna was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Ierna voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Quebecshire".
  • : Ierna voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Ierna Blood Tithe.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Ierna, all artwork is carefully screened for offensive material.

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