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The Empire of Imperial Bastion

“The first Imperial Fortress in the RIA”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Renegade Islands Alliance


Imperial Bastion

Population548 million


The Empire of Imperial Bastion is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 548 million Imperial Bastionians 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, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 66.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Imperial Bastionian economy, worth 15.1 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, Tourism, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 27,572 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military spending recently hit a new high, all gamers have been drafted into the military despite their lack of upper body strength, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Imperial Bastion's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Imperial Bastion is ranked 64,744th in the world and 34th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, scoring 1,390.1 on the Theresa-Nightingale Rating.

Most Authoritarian: 6,181stTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 12,742ndMost Extreme: 15,294thMost Conservative: 15,695thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,910th
Most Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the region

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