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The Empire of Mirasiro

“Unrelenting endurance”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus



Population5.97 billion

LeaderEmpress Aria


The Empire of Mirasiro is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Aria with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.97 billion Mirasirians 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sylv. The average income tax rate is 66.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Mirasiroan economy, worth 431 trillion siras a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,205 siras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government-sponsored autobiography 'An Empress Aria For All Seasons' has only been bought by the most loyal of Empress Aria's supporters, prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast, and the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mirasiro's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mirasiro is ranked 77,229th in the world and 2,599th in Lazarus for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,219.52 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Influential: 4,631stBest Weather: 9,221stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,703rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,939thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 12,336thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,379thNicest Citizens: 17,692ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,994thMost Compassionate Citizens: 20,131stLongest Average Lifespans: 21,720thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,112thMost Cultured: 23,937th
Most Influential: 117th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 424th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 625th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 628th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 634th in the region

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