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The Empire of Pendors

“Even a communist superpower won't stop us” Emperor Ilan II

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Thaecia

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Pendors

Population2.77 billion

CapitalBerden
LeaderEmperor Ilan II
FaithJudaism

CurrencyShekel
AnimalEagle

The Empire of Pendors is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Ilan II with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.77 billion Pendorsians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Berden. The average income tax rate is 71.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pendorsian economy, worth 418 trillion Shekels a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 151,120 Shekels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, and 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Pendors's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Judaism.

Pendors is ranked 198,054th in the world and 309th in Thaecia for Most Avoided, scoring 0.47 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,916thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,409thMost Influential: 4,466thMost Cultured: 5,622ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,849thMost Armed: 6,225thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,528thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,934thNicest Citizens: 8,839thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,864thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,372ndTop
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Most Developed: 10,446thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,586thMost Inclusive: 10,589thSmartest Citizens: 11,301stLowest Crime Rates: 12,895thHighest Average Incomes: 13,155thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,353rdHealthiest Citizens: 14,093rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,673rdLargest Governments: 14,894thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,807thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,440thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,902nd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 28th in the regionMost Inclusive: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive.
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Pendors was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, light entertainment isn't dead.
  • : Pendors voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Public Access to Court Records".
  • : Pendors voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Wallenburg".
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Pendors, nude art is becoming wildly popular.

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