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The Empire of Scandrial

“Conquer and Prosper”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population5.775 billion

CapitalThe Nexus of a Thousand Spires
LeaderThe Lord Conqueror


The Empire of Scandrial is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Lord Conqueror with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, state-planned economy, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.775 billion Skaa 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Nexus of a Thousand Spires. The average income tax rate is 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Skaa economy, worth a remarkable 3,040 trillion bitcoins 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 a breathtaking 526,462 bitcoins, with the richest citizens earning 7.2 times as much as the poorest.

The fines for getting caught with the wrong recipe book can force Skaa into bankruptcy, officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high, vacationing Skaa expect to be treated as royalty, and citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scandrial's national animal is the crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Scandrial is ranked 16,352nd in the world and 937th in The East Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 6,764.58 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 58thLargest Information Technology Sector: 124thHighest Average Incomes: 230thMost Corrupt Governments: 315thLargest Black Market: 454thMost Secular: 495thMost Scientifically Advanced: 582ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 608thLowest Crime Rates: 894thLargest Governments: 936thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,235thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,453rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,653rdMost Developed: 1,654thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,707thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,856thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,291stLargest Insurance Industry: 2,329thSmartest Citizens: 2,360thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,444thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,233rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,274thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,301stHighest Economic Output: 4,027thHealthiest Citizens: 4,393rdMost Conservative: 4,555thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,376thMost Authoritarian: 6,455thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,591stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,918thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,816thLargest Mining Sector: 9,254thBest Weather: 9,271stMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,414thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 14,824thMost Influential: 15,233rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,352ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,608thMost Stationary: 17,440thMost Extreme: 18,890th
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 37th in the regionMost Developed: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 62nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 63rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 66th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 87th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 88th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 130th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 182nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 192nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 196th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 198th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 215th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 232nd in the regionMost Stationary: 258th in the regionBest Weather: 272nd in the regionMost Conservative: 296th in the regionLargest Populations: 384th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 406th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 450th in the regionRudest Citizens: 451st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 451st in the regionMost Extreme: 577th in the regionMost Influential: 736th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, vacationing Skaa expect to be treated as royalty.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the fines for getting caught with the wrong recipe book can force Skaa into bankruptcy.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to The Lord Conqueror.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, Skaa watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services.


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