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The Reign of King Nephmir II

“If you want peace, prepare for war.”

Category: Benevolent Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Eternal Order


King Nephmir II

Population7.75 billion


Currencygolden thread
Animalshadow dragon

The Reign of King Nephmir II is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Nephmir with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, deadly medical pandemics, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 7.75 billion Nephmirians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Welfare receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Auralia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 32.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Nephmirian economy, worth a remarkable 1,333 trillion golden threads a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 172,065 golden threads, with the richest citizens earning 7.9 times as much as the poorest.

The government insists that bizarre Lilliputian language game shows were made domestically, corrupt paupers spend taxpayer golden threads on liquor and tobacco, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. King Nephmir II's national animal is the shadow dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Nephism.

King Nephmir II is ranked 26,882nd in the world and 83rd in The Eternal Order for Most Patriotic, with 29.63 flags saluted per person per day.

Largest Gambling Industry: 1,862ndMost Devout: 2,222ndTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,742ndHighest Crime Rates: 3,638thMost Armed: 4,342ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,471stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,102ndMost Rebellious Youth: 6,361stMost Cultured: 6,402ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,968thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,860thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,973rdLargest Publishing Industry: 10,662ndHighest Average Incomes: 10,857thHighest Food Quality: 11,025thRudest Citizens: 11,224thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,281stLargest Black Market: 11,358thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,984thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,428thMost Efficient Economies: 13,291stTop
Most Inclusive: 14,643rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,015thHighest Economic Output: 15,241stLargest Retail Industry: 17,523rdSmartest Citizens: 18,441stMost Corrupt Governments: 21,889thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,103rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,207thLargest Governments: 24,448thMost Patriotic: 26,882ndMost Pro-Market: 26,908th
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 32nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 32nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Governments: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 46th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionNudest: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 52nd in the region

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