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The Third Empire of Karthspirije

“Descalír Tirshálla”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations



Population2.444 billion

LeaderArhel II Arathárr
FaithShi'a Islam

CurrencyKarthspiri Sovereign
AnimalKarthspiri Lion

The Third Empire of Karthspirije is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Arhel II Arathárr with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, suspicion of poets, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.444 billion Karthspiri 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elinhir. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.6%.

The thriving Karthspiri economy, worth 179 trillion Karthspiri Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 73,490 Karthspiri Sovereigns, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

Former slaves find themselves being herded onto ships once more, creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary", and seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karthspirije's national animal is the Karthspiri Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Shi'a Islam.

Karthspirije is ranked 46,002nd in the world and 28th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 6,709.67 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 6,887thTop
Most Devout: 14,493rdMost Avoided: 17,603rdMost Conservative: 19,607th
Largest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 6th in the region

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