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The Golden Benevolent Empire of Margaux

“The Empire has grown quiet. But, maybe that is bad.”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: 10000 Islands

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Margaux

Population1.804 billion

CapitalTriablo
LeaderEmpress May Erins Reaper
FaithCitizens Choice

CurrencyMarguin
AnimalGolden Horse

The Golden Benevolent Empire of Margaux is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Empress May Erins Reaper with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, avowedly heterosexual populace, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.804 billion Margauxians 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Triablo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 53.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Margauxian economy, worth 316 trillion Marguins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 175,347 Marguins, with the richest citizens earning 5.6 times as much as the poorest.

Journalists giggle uncontrollably while reporting the nation's drug bonfires, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, and anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Margaux's national animal is the Golden Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Citizens Choice.

Margaux is ranked 11,767th in the world and 80th in 10000 Islands for Largest Black Market, with 74.5 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 635thMost Armed: 2,265thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,457thMost Secular: 2,909thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,731stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,873rdMost Influential: 4,210thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,545thMost Conservative: 4,585thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,384thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,654thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,154thHighest Average Incomes: 9,504thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,678thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,770thMost Authoritarian: 11,220thLargest Black Market: 11,767thTop
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Most Developed: 13,449thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,476thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,895thLowest Crime Rates: 14,065thLargest Governments: 18,150thMost Efficient Economies: 18,868thSmartest Citizens: 20,529thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,171st
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Most Conservative: 13th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionMost Armed: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 47th in the regionMost Secular: 55th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionLargest Black Market: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 86th in the regionMost Extreme: 88th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 102nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 116th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 120th in the region

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