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The Holy Dictatorship of Knowmare

“Facite praecepta et pereant” Uo

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Aelstun



Population3.732 billion


AnimalBlue Bear

The Holy Dictatorship of Knowmare is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Uo with an iron fist, and notable for its fear of technology, parental licensing program, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.732 billion Knowmareans 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Doltux. The average income tax rate is 59.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Knowmarean economy, worth 595 trillion Snellings a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,493 Snellings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, and young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Knowmare's national animal is the Blue Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Uodism.

Knowmare is ranked 51,026th in the world and 12th in Aelstun for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 117.76 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,474thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,716thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,451stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,487thMost Devout: 4,607thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,344thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,314thMost Patriotic: 6,402ndMost Avoided: 6,778thLargest Black Market: 7,404thNudest: 7,655thLargest Mining Sector: 9,099thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,152ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,486thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,658thTop
Most Influential: 13,411thHighest Average Incomes: 13,421stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,968thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,847thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,922ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,647thMost Efficient Economies: 16,021stHighest Poor Incomes: 21,024thMost Authoritarian: 22,472ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 22,643rdLargest Governments: 24,197thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25,683rdLowest Crime Rates: 25,785th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Knowmare was endorsed by The United Kingdom of Anoun.
  • : Knowmare endorsed Slovetzia.
  • : Knowmare was endorsed by Slovetzia.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Knowmare was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 4 » Briven, Greater military rule, Ciphage, and All Glory to God.