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The Second Empire of Kiermark

“Krone und Volk, im Ziel vereinigt” High King Kieran III Alarik

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: One big Island

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Kiermark

Population31.316 billion

CapitalKierstadt
LeaderHigh King Kieran III Alarik
FaithKieric Orthodoxy

CurrencyReichsmark
AnimalDirewolf

The Second Empire of Kiermark is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by High King Kieran III Alarik with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 31.316 billion Kierics are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kierstadt. The average income tax rate is 85.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kieric economy, worth a remarkable 7,139 trillion Reichsmarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 227,990 Reichsmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, the 'Museum Of Stuff We Stole' is a tourist favourite, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, and Kieric police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kiermark's national animal is the Direwolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Kieric Orthodoxy.

Kiermark is ranked 76,836th in the world and 17th in One big Island for Highest Drug Use, scoring 79.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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1%
Highest Economic Output: 1,030thLargest Mining Sector: 1,041stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,821stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,893rdSmartest Citizens: 2,011thLargest Populations: 2,031stTop
5%
Most Developed: 2,570thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,632ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,810thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,014thMost Cultured: 3,464thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,758thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,482ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,549thHighest Average Incomes: 4,555thMost Efficient Economies: 4,887thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,217thLargest Governments: 5,315thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,237thLowest Crime Rates: 6,386thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,831stMost Secular: 7,358thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,763rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,225thHealthiest Citizens: 10,843rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,676thTop
10%
Most Inclusive: 15,524thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,889thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,020thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,439thSafest: 19,455thMost Influential: 20,730thMost Income Equality: 23,540thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,880th
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10%
Most Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kiermark's influence in One big Island rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Kiermark was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, Kieric police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, the 'Museum Of Stuff We Stole' is a tourist favourite.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, diplomatic fallout tends to be much more dangerous than radioactive fallout.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiermark, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.

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