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The Empire of Rising Sakura

“May the Cherry Blossoms Bloom”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Rising Sakura

Population533 million

CapitalShojiki City

CurrencyImperial Ajianese Yen

The Empire of Rising Sakura is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 533 million Ajianese are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shojiki City. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Rising Sakuran economy, worth 47.5 trillion Imperial Ajianese Yen a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 89,191 Imperial Ajianese Yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Playing an online nation simulation game legally obliges you to buy the creator's latest novel, monarchs only get custody of the royal crown on holidays and weekends, kids building model rockets in their backyard are grounded by Space Agency Rangers, and the stock market has been destroyed for its own protection. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rising Sakura's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rising Sakura is ranked 10,456th in the world and 546th in The North Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 93.89 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 334thMost Influential: 2,379thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,068thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,574thMost Conservative: 7,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,472ndMost Authoritarian: 8,929thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,993rdLowest Crime Rates: 10,456thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,536thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,493rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,093rdLargest Governments: 19,540thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,030thMost Devout: 21,098thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,097thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,870thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23,363rdSafest: 23,414th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 245th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 258th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 330th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 334th in the regionMost Conservative: 356th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 386th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 514th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 546th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 718th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 750th in the regionMost Extreme: 759th in the regionMost Influential: 836th in the regionMost Devout: 890th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 896th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 905th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 932nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 933rd in the region

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