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The Holy Empire of Mesopotama

“Preparing for a capitalist afterlife”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population880 million


Currencythoughts and prayers
Animalholy ghost

The Holy Empire of Mesopotama is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 880 million Mesopotamans 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 Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of DepsiŠ️. The average income tax rate is 16.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Mesopotaman economy, worth 116 trillion thoughts and prayers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 131,826 thoughts and prayers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Blind dates tend to result in bruised shins, small shoes often wash up on the beach, the Ministry of Truthiness now manages the entire media industry, and medical experts advise that those claiming to be medical experts are probably fraudsters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Mesopotama's national animal is the holy ghost, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Mesopotama is ranked 78,390th in the world and 3,756th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,483.04 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 267thMost Influential: 1,217thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,278thMost Devout: 2,745thMost Avoided: 3,464thLargest Retail Industry: 3,904thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,149thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,988thFattest Citizens: 7,411thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,168thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,235thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,072ndTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 10,997thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,870thLargest Mining Sector: 12,141stMost Conservative: 12,849thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,866thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,347thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,470thHighest Average Incomes: 18,158thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,637th
Most Avoided: 115th in the regionMost Devout: 116th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 169th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 186th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 196th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 205th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 237th in the regionFattest Citizens: 270th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 327th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 364th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 399th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 471st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 472nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 478th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 481st in the regionMost Influential: 495th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 610th in the regionMost Conservative: 717th in the regionLargest Black Market: 767th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 851st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 862nd in the region

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