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The Holy Empire of Klesh

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

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

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Eladen



Population38.218 billion

LeaderCor Enladen

AnimalRiver Dolphin

The Holy Empire of Klesh is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Cor Enladen with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, state-planned economy, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 38.218 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 29,239 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 219,994th in the world and 31st in Eladen for Nudest, with 1 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Lowest Crime Rates: 6thSafest: 7thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15thHighest Economic Output: 27thLargest Governments: 31stMost Corrupt Governments: 42ndMost Devout: 46thHighest Average Incomes: 50thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 53rdLargest Insurance Industry: 56thLargest Agricultural Sector: 61stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 63rdLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 73rdFattest Citizens: 78thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 79thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 88thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 91stMost Efficient Economies: 96thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 97thMost Avoided: 130thLargest Populations: 136thMost Ignorant Citizens: 195thMost Armed: 216thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 224thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 224thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 244thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 244thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 248thMost Scientifically Advanced: 383rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 656thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,123rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,594thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,411thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,431stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,500thMost Conservative: 4,780thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,314thMost Influential: 9,144thTop
Most Authoritarian: 11,301stHighest Poor Incomes: 15,373rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,279thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,426thLargest Black Market: 19,429th
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 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 region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Klesh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : 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".


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