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The Techno Imperial Empire of Megistos

“Motto? Nah” Emperor Solace

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: 10000 Islands



Population1.739 billion

CapitalLa Paix
LeaderEmperor Solace


The Techno Imperial Empire of Megistos is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Solace with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.739 billion Mᴇgistians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Paix. The average income tax rate is 70.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Mᴇgistia economy, worth 379 trillion Frᴇies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 218,085 Frᴇies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, Emperor Solace's speeches are beloved by insomniacs, vegetarianism is compulsory, and park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers. Crime is totally unknown. Megistos's national animal is the Turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Starlism.

Megistos is ranked 7,298th in the world and 53rd in 10000 Islands for Largest Black Market, with 199 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 395thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,215thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,914thRudest Citizens: 2,094thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,595thMost Secular: 3,196thMost Influential: 3,251stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,901stHighest Poor Incomes: 4,932ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,114thSmartest Citizens: 5,543rdMost Developed: 6,015thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,847thLargest Black Market: 7,298thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,940thMost Efficient Economies: 8,821stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,893rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,969thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,110thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 12,237thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,518thLargest Governments: 12,994thMost Inclusive: 13,626thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,454thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,882ndMost Rebellious Youth: 17,061stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,860thHighest Disposable Incomes: 20,873rdLongest Average Lifespans: 21,040thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,144thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,828thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,391stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,274thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,415th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 35th in the regionRudest Citizens: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 53rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 54th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 57th in the regionMost Secular: 60th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 73rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 81st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 83rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 105th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 111th in the regionMost Developed: 112th in the region

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