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The Holy Empire of Sankami

“alis grave nil”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population6.515 billion

CapitalTaiyo Shinkai
LeaderHigh Sovereign Shintai

AnimalTribune Tiger

The Holy Empire of Sankami is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by High Sovereign Shintai with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, public floggings, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.515 billion Sankamians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Taiyo Shinkai. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 83.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Sankamian economy, worth a remarkable 1,213 trillion tokins a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 186,332 tokins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 538,086 per year while the poor average 51,192, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

Strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down, babysitters are a thing of the past, foreign students are expected to have a Kegmeister Grade Average of 36-24-36 to qualify for university, and former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sankami's national animal is the Tribune Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Deirtri.

Sankami is ranked 130,059th in the world and 6,251st in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 14.43 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,719thLargest Black Market: 2,426thMost Influential: 2,447thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,817thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,373rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,405thMost Efficient Economies: 4,428thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,584thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,687thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,696thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,797thMost Cultured: 5,257thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,744thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,779thHighest Average Incomes: 6,919thMost Developed: 7,204thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,494thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 8,064thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,166thLargest Governments: 8,372ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,952ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,159thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,320thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,527thMost Inclusive: 9,605thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,899thLargest Retail Industry: 10,148thBest Weather: 10,491stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,544thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,737thMost Devout: 10,740thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,915thLowest Crime Rates: 11,074thHighest Economic Output: 11,380thSmartest Citizens: 14,325thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,796th
Largest Black Market: 83rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 124th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 134th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 168th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 169th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 179th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 207th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 258th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 261st in the regionMost Cultured: 267th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 322nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 344th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 360th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 379th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 390th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 418th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 425th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 433rd in the regionLargest Governments: 436th in the regionMost Developed: 439th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 461st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 462nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 469th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 472nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 488th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 503rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 510th in the regionMost Devout: 517th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 559th in the regionMost Inclusive: 577th in the regionBest Weather: 583rd in the regionLargest Populations: 642nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 700th in the region

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