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The Empire of Obelias

“Praise the lord!!” Emperor Anastacius de Alger

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.811 billion

LeaderEmperor Anastacius de Alger
FaithState Atheism


The Empire of Obelias is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Anastacius de Alger with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.811 billion Obeliaians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education, Healthcare, and Defense also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kazzell. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Obeliasian economy, worth 334 trillion Euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 184,585 Euros, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,007,240 per year while the poor average 17,325, a ratio of 58.1 to 1.

International trade is a sticky issue, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR, people's charity begins and ends at home, and citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Obelias's national animal is the Daflamingo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Obelias is ranked 56,217th in the world and 1,607th in The North Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 334 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 568thMost Influential: 950thRudest Citizens: 1,041stHighest Crime Rates: 1,255thLargest Retail Industry: 1,358thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,551stHighest Drug Use: 1,566thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,861stFattest Citizens: 2,094thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,117thMost Efficient Economies: 2,164thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,361stMost Armed: 2,433rdTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,884thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,100thMost Avoided: 4,084thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,611thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,379thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,199thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,143rdLargest Mining Sector: 7,823rdLargest Gambling Industry: 8,192ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,414thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,747thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,752ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,204thTop
Most Cultured: 12,564thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,728thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,739thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,374thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,504thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,174thMost Politically Free: 16,610thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,833rdMost Pro-Market: 17,244thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,556thSmartest Citizens: 17,579thMost Inclusive: 17,752ndMost Extreme: 18,335thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,672ndMost Secular: 20,110th
Highest Drug Use: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 48th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 58th in the regionFattest Citizens: 63rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 67th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 69th in the regionRudest Citizens: 73rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 74th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 75th in the regionMost Armed: 83rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 93rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 98th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 127th in the regionMost Avoided: 127th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 135th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 184th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 193rd in the regionMost Extreme: 208th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 215th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 258th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 271st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 288th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 296th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 323rd in the regionMost Influential: 351st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 386th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 396th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 400th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 535th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 629th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 638th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 640th in the regionMost Cultured: 643rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 644th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 713th in the regionNudest: 722nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 752nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 883rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 920th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Obelias was endorsed by The Republic of Anonim.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, people's charity begins and ends at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR.
  • : Obelias endorsed The Empire of Ahssn.
  • : Obelias was endorsed by The Empire of Ahssn.
  • : Obelias was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden and Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, international trade is a sticky issue.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Obelias, indigenous tribal elders can be recognised by their designer watches and expensive suits.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 264 » Lulubellia, Aerilia, Koda-Land, Tir na Saoirse Alainn, Orado, Pytong, Bankowiata, Shibutani, Yaorozu, Omnistria, Great Bights Mum, Heilhum Imperius, Sundred, Guer Aike, Dreadton, Dar es Saalam, Hamerica, Corfad, Kazoo Basin, Pleroma Sans Romans, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Zzozona, Notyoutopia, Loutsland, North Bratislava, The Serdey Islands, Imperial Pieserged, Hardscrabble, Siwale, Interdimensional Zone, Outer Shenendoah, Territorio di Nessuno, WeKnow, Empy, Brucklania, The Tampa Bay Rays, Kragsgale, Ethnon, Votak Matim, Valentine Z, Newpromisedland, The Pantheons, Sikol, Former English Colony, New Lakemba, Draconian Progression, Vexilia, Manticore utopia, Slyakanya, East Akra, and 214 others.Kranostav, Selfgradatude, David Davidson, Dangine, Eywaan, Holy Oranz, Saint Alaric, Sevinland, SORT, Pleasuretown, Venicea, Simone Republic, Yokciq Empire, Malta Comino Gozo, Dabarastan, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Odelinor, Crusadam, El Fiji Grande, Cretox State, Pasargad, Western Vapia, Sunto, The Bureaucratic Territories, Altivia, Joodey, 1 very fast endotarter, The Pleiads, The Brunchovian Republic of Pina Colada, Sil Dorsett, Wineclaw, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Yellops, Seenvorland, Ravendi, Frances Francis the First of France, Esplandia, Nodnarb, Tvers, Wilkshire, Ardretia, Termathe, The Vistula, Ing Comashki, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Daiz, Drutopia Insomnia, Shadowrik, The Jerichowan Country, Xipher, Chukstik Illahi, The Rhein States, Climeria, Otakus and Weebs, Ozstan, Hewani, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Zokk, Seijitsu, Blyskalia, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Republica Guilleana, Strongwill, Gendirt, Humptalumpta, Pallaith, Port Naga, Free Atlantis, Star Kingdom, The Iron Lions, United Kahndaq, Godwanna, Galbadiana, Bharathvarsh, Svenskskit, Libertania Democratica, His Enduring Majesty, GenshinImpact, Illusia and Neverendia, Glurponia, Wisconsota, Darkmondoria, The Endless Eventide, Barabolia, Xagill, Nuronte, Xentherida, Zyvetskistaahn, Runeda, A Salmon Named Harold, Planes, Super Girl, Madjack, Moneyflows, The Mazur Empire, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, Muqatil, KhalChicken, Lucedeia, Free Culture, Arimbia, Panama Coalition, Wooleystan, McMasterdonia, Testnation223, Moubarakistan, Zemnaya Svoboda, Chips and Guac, Kingdom of KHATTAB, BrightFutures, Zemper Macro, Vesteysia, AmManies, Valgarda, Walter Jackson, Partax, Clan Spaniel, Aeolist, The Austro Germanic Union, Beasluxia, Central Ryal, Cloydicia, Duryanistan, Figyjharli, Travislavania, Svenskan, Free Salvation, Trumpski, Maott, Wapistan, Sanjurika, PotatoFarmers, Abiswashyo-bhumi, The Ultimate Republic, Nova Arcania, Kromi, Aryan Homeland, Nation1812, Siforpeo, Lol2639, Shotokonia, Servilis, Randomcountryland, Tyirza, Nationeer, Folenz, Xyrron, Centrialand, BTProductions, San Felipe, Iberia y las Colonias, Ellbonnia, TyGerria, Korean-Joseon, Mon Island, Steampunk Ariel, Qurtuba, New Celoveniortan, Viridiann, Jaxikistan, Phoronu, Cajland, ForestMythal, Kim Da-mi, Defense For The World Assembly, Religioncord, Britle, Jovian Knights, Capablanca, Seanat, Tsandonown, Free States of Marina, Atlunartemis, Libvillia, Katuda, Ootasa, 2 and 2 is Fish, Greater Ale Permars, Ariele, Fraystonia, Merconitonitopia, Eternal Dominion, Boston Castle, Andanavia, Kastonvia, Mazdia, Francois Isidore, Novremia, Card Kingdom, Sopernia, Nikhilesh23, Apollo Park, Duurania, Liminyj, Enomeni Ipeiros, Bearical, Drueste, Fizban, Unshleepd, Kinitopia, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, British-Australia, Alcavia, Lionia, Sahriastan, The Calabash Protectorate, Perikuresu, Que Lukustinardon, The Blazeland Administration, Zatheilia, Geraldina, Ahssn, and Anonim.

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