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The Kingdom of Michellae

“Vive le Roi!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: CISB

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Michellae

Population10.433 billion

CapitalVersailles
LeaderLouis XIII
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyLivre
AnimalCoq Gaulois

The Kingdom of Michellae is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Louis XIII with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.433 billion Michellaens 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 juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Versailles. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 25.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Michellaen economy, worth a remarkable 1,415 trillion Livres a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 135,705 Livres, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 788,084 per year while the poor average 11,072, a ratio of 71.2 to 1.

Blood donations have been banned because of the risk of eternal unrest, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive, education for the poor is learning to ask "do you want fries with that?", and Michellae isn't what it used to be. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Michellae's national animal is the Coq Gaulois, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Michellae is ranked 6,720th in the world and 2nd in CISB for Most Primitive, scoring 111.7 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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1%
Most Devout: 1,383rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,768thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,101stTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,832ndFattest Citizens: 4,969thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,188thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,144thMost Primitive: 6,720thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,829thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,944thLargest Black Market: 7,745thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,865thMost Avoided: 9,164thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,219thLargest Retail Industry: 10,027thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,774thTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 12,662ndMost Influential: 13,101stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,312thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,928thLargest Mining Sector: 15,270thMost Cultured: 15,653rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,265thHighest Average Incomes: 17,981stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,438thMost Conservative: 19,865thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,506thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,341st
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5%
Most Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the region

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