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The Holy Empire of Klesh

“Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil”

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

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Eladen

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Klesh

Population37.748 billion

CapitalGamorra
LeaderCor Enladen
FaithDiode

CurrencyCoric
AnimalRiver Dolphin

The Holy Empire of Klesh is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Cor Enladen with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 37.748 billion Kleshites 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gamorra. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Kleshite economy, worth an astonishing 28,879 trillion Corics 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 significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 765,072 Corics, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,867,760 per year while the poor average 84,162, a ratio of 46.0 to 1.

Children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts, the state believes that children are what you make of them, Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content, and foreign leaders who don't applaud Cor Enladen's speeches are regarded as enemies of Klesh. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Klesh's national animal is the River Dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Diode.

Klesh is ranked 209,017th in the world and 31st in Eladen for Least Corrupt Governments, with 0.61 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 6thSafest: 7thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14thHighest Economic Output: 27thLargest Governments: 31stMost Corrupt Governments: 38thMost Devout: 46thHighest Average Incomes: 48thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 54thLargest Agricultural Sector: 57thLargest Insurance Industry: 59thLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 75thFattest Citizens: 76thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 78thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 83rdMost Efficient Economies: 90thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 101stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 101stMost Avoided: 127thLargest Populations: 139thMost Ignorant Citizens: 191stMost Armed: 207thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 212thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 223rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 230thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 245thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 251stMost Scientifically Advanced: 378thHighest Average Tax Rates: 629thMost Subsidized Industry: 991stLargest Retail Industry: 1,588thTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,282ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,431stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,537thMost Conservative: 4,655thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,563rdMost Influential: 8,908thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 11,895thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,727thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,745thLargest Black Market: 17,544th
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Most Conservative: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Klesh's influence in Eladen fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Klesh's influence in Eladen rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed, the Top 5% for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, and the Top 10% for Largest Black Market and Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Klesh was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Imperial Federation of Wagria, curing 886 million infected.

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