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The Caliphate of Iznogoud

“Caliph instead of the Caliph”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Scandinavia



Population34.306 billion

Faitha major religion


The Caliphate of Iznogoud is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Caliph with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, ritual sacrifices, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 34.306 billion Iznogoudians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Social Policy and Environment not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baghdad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Iznogoudian economy, worth an astonishing 18,517 trillion dinars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 539,784 dinars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,103,590 per year while the poor average 19,693, a ratio of 208 to 1.

The law forbids arson, murder, and low-quality cheese, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, the crispy fried liver of a camel is prized as a tasty treat by vagrants, and town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Iznogoud's national animal is the camel, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a major religion.

Iznogoud is ranked 71st in the world and 2nd in Scandinavia for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 32,487.19 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 53rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 71stMost Avoided: 72ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 75thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 77thHighest Disposable Incomes: 88thHighest Economic Output: 94thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 96thLargest Insurance Industry: 100thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 127thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 147thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 153rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 177thHighest Average Incomes: 217thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 232ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 324thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 502ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 507thLowest Crime Rates: 685thRudest Citizens: 834thMost Corrupt Governments: 846thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,023rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,024thLargest Populations: 1,120thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,331stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,497thLargest Retail Industry: 2,203rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,232ndMost Devout: 3,561stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,033rdFattest Citizens: 5,080thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,540thLargest Black Market: 6,824thLargest Governments: 8,323rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,344thSmartest Citizens: 10,518thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 17,286thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,059thMost Armed: 22,437th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Iznogoud was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Iznogoud was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Iznogoud was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Iznogoud was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Iznogoud was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.


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