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The Imperial City and Hinterland of Perchan

“Et Familiaris Imperatoris”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population8.904 billion

CapitalImperial City of Perchan
LeaderKaiser-Meister Grimald von Barschan
FaithPerchanian Reformation Church

CurrencyImperial Perchmark
AnimalPerchanian Bear

The Imperial City and Hinterland of Perchan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Kaiser-Meister Grimald von Barschan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, frequent executions, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, cynical population of 8.904 billion Perchanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial City of Perchan. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Perchanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,539 trillion Imperial Perchmarks a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 172,878 Imperial Perchmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Bike rage is all the rage, Air Perchan is rumored to receive more government funding than the Perchanian Air Force, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, and police conduct weekly raids looking for contraband cheeseburgers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Perchan's national animal is the Perchanian Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Perchanian Reformation Church.

Perchan is ranked 114,351st in the world and 4,171st in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 43.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 2,187thBest Weather: 2,263rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,546thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,655thHealthiest Citizens: 2,712thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,897thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,118thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,269thMost Developed: 3,308thLowest Crime Rates: 3,534thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,278thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,279thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,479thLargest Governments: 4,518thMost Efficient Economies: 4,610thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,643rdMost Cultured: 4,881stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,157thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,111thSmartest Citizens: 6,153rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,216thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,256thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,431stMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,174thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,816thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,045thHighest Average Incomes: 9,338thHighest Economic Output: 10,264thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 11,735thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,290thNicest Citizens: 13,378thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,391stMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,326th
Most Influential: 36th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 37th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 113th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 127th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 140th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 150th in the regionMost Developed: 156th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 161st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 184th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 185th in the regionLargest Governments: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 229th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 230th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 246th in the regionMost Cultured: 251st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 255th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 294th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 297th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 300th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 310th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 332nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 339th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 409th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 486th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 487th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 515th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 535th in the regionMost Stationary: 556th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 633rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 660th in the regionNicest Citizens: 696th in the region

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