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The Holy Empire of Pogaria

“Join us or go to hell.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: The Empire


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Population39.68 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.68 billion Pogarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominion. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Pogarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,482 trillion kosses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 87,759 kosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says that all Pogarians are created equal — no matter how they were created, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogaria's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Truthism.

Pogaria is ranked 238,357th in the world and 3rd in The Empire for Fattest Citizens, with 1.83 Obesity Rate.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 125thBest Weather: 239thMost Cheerful Citizens: 256thMost Pacifist: 279thNicest Citizens: 339thMost Beautiful Environments: 341stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 342ndSafest: 389thMost Compassionate Citizens: 422ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 534thLowest Crime Rates: 585thLargest Governments: 861stHealthiest Citizens: 877thHighest Average Tax Rates: 913thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,142ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,373rdMost Cultured: 1,388thMost Devout: 1,522ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,605thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,631stSmartest Citizens: 2,104thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,824thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,008thHighest Economic Output: 3,843rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,342ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,515thMost Inclusive: 4,596thMost Influential: 6,034thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,187thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,525thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,320thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,112thMost Income Equality: 16,249thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,161st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of dress".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Deadeye Jack".
  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Ellenburg".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Native Prairies and Grasslands".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Citizenship And Birth Act".
  • : Pogaria agreed to construct embassies between The Empire and The Federation of Utopias Unitum.
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom Of Association".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Democratic Socialists".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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