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The Moonlit Empire of Issars

“Follow the lead of the sword, and never fall.” God Urzik

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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Issars

Population9.149 billion

CapitalINFRAGILIS
LeaderGod Urzik
FaithKnighthood of the God Urzik

CurrencyDenar
AnimalCrow

The Moonlit Empire of Issars is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by God Urzik with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, infamous sell-swords, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.149 billion Knights are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of INFRAGILIS. The average income tax rate is 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Knightly economy, worth a remarkable 4,402 trillion Denars a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an amazing 481,148 Denars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,358,178 per year while the poor average 136,445, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

Stoogery and pratfalls are about as scathingly clever as Knightly humor gets, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare", politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, and right-wingers complain that too many people are suckling at the welfare teat. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Issars's national animal is the Crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Knighthood of the God Urzik.

Issars is ranked 40,625th in the world and 1,656th in Balder for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 4,251.19 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 27thMost Advanced Public Transport: 68thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 142ndLargest Insurance Industry: 221stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 276thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 287thLargest Black Market: 317thMost Efficient Economies: 356thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 362ndHighest Average Incomes: 366thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 462ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 494thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 536thMost Advanced Public Education: 585thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 599thLargest Governments: 717thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 822ndMost Corrupt Governments: 832ndLargest Publishing Industry: 881stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,056thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,130thMost Devout: 1,271stLowest Crime Rates: 1,784thMost Developed: 1,981stTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,330thSmartest Citizens: 2,442ndMost Beautiful Environments: 3,375thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,409thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,559thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,582ndLargest Mining Sector: 4,305thLargest Retail Industry: 4,323rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,449thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,817thMost Cultured: 4,972ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,499thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,930thRudest Citizens: 8,556thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,864thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18,951st
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Most Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 41st in the regionMost Devout: 57th in the regionMost Developed: 59th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 67th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 71st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 77th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 134th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 144th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 167th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 183rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 194th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 197th in the regionMost Cultured: 219th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 231st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 238th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 353rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 371st in the regionRudest Citizens: 381st in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 555th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Issars, right-wingers complain that too many people are suckling at the welfare teat.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare".
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, stoogery and pratfalls are about as scathingly clever as Knightly humor gets.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, millions of Knights are excellent swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Issars was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 5% for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Issars, women complaining about lack of opportunity are told to "man up".

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