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The Holy Empire of Sebastiania

“Styrka ger framgång.” Holy Emperor Sebastian Deshayes

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.827 billion

LeaderHoly Emperor Sebastian Deshayes


The Holy Empire of Sebastiania is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Holy Emperor Sebastian Deshayes with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.827 billion Sebastianians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kungaholmen. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sebastianian economy, worth 229 trillion Kronor a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 125,861 Kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Twice-daily toilet inspection rotas for government buildings are archived for public appraisal, owning a fishing rod can cause you to be subject to military questioning, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal, and many in Sebastiania are born in the purple. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sebastiania's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Sebastiania is ranked 227,812th in the world and 9,424th in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 63.56 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,332ndMost Influential: 1,783rdTop
Most Devout: 5,216thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,498thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,956thLowest Crime Rates: 7,158thHealthiest Citizens: 8,863rdLongest Average Lifespans: 9,420thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,636thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,733rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,583rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,484thLargest Governments: 11,551stMost Authoritarian: 11,574thMost Developed: 11,635thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,427thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,510thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,021stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,388thBest Weather: 17,593rdMost Cultured: 17,682ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,419thMost Efficient Economies: 18,692ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,781stLargest Welfare Programs: 19,327thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,169thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,019thHighest Average Incomes: 21,274thMost Income Equality: 21,310thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,889thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,051st
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 206th in the regionMost Devout: 223rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 341st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 366th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 391st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 425th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 509th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 528th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 542nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 550th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 568th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 569th in the regionLargest Governments: 578th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 643rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 653rd in the regionMost Developed: 678th in the regionMost Influential: 709th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 787th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 886th in the regionMost Cultured: 900th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 906th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 907th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 949th in the regionBest Weather: 971st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,007th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sebastiania was endorsed by The Free Land of Siberian Workforce.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, many in Sebastiania are born in the purple.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, owning a fishing rod can cause you to be subject to military questioning.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, twice-daily toilet inspection rotas for government buildings are archived for public appraisal.
  • : Sebastiania was endorsed by The Holy Kingdom of Ellbonnia.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts.
  • : Sebastiania was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Tyirza.
  • : Following new legislation in Sebastiania, bike rage is all the rage.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 163 » Territorio di Nessuno, Aerilia, Notyoutopia, Kragsgale, Wilkshire, Orado, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Lulubellia, Ravendi, Great Bights Mum, Sundred, Loutsland, Selfgradatude, Corfad, Dreadton, Rainengrad, El Fiji Grande, North Bratislava, Outer Shenendoah, Hamerica, Elvoreto, Zzozona, Newpromisedland, Koda-Land, Crusadam, Draconian Progression, Ethnon, Navsland, Siwale, Shibutani, Hardscrabble, Kocherian, Yaorozu, New Lakemba, Prydania, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, United Kahndaq, The Tampa Bay Rays, Simone Republic, Omnistria, The Rhein States, Former English Colony, Republica Guilleana, Zaeli, Joodey, The Endless Eventide, Maclare, Chips and Guac, Cretox State, Guer Aike, and 113 others.Fauzjhia, Brucklania, Empy, PotatoFarmers, Runeda, Interdimensional Zone, Andexia, Highton Islands, Heilhum Imperius, Xagill, Dar es Saalam, Sil Dorsett, Votak Matim, Kranostav, Merconitonitopia, Unsophisticate, WeKnow, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Religioncord, Frances Francis the First of France, U S Eh, Yokciq Empire, Seenvorland, Sikol, Dabarastan, Vincone Cae, Morover, Valentine Z, Bankowiata, Pytong, Kazoo Basin, Xipher, Pallaith, Khoik, 1 very fast endotarter, Holy Oranz, The Stratosphere Islands, Sunto, Shadowrik, Pasargad, The Iron Lions, Imperial Pieserged, PEG, Vivanco, Northern-Kempia, Innocentic, The Pantheons, Sevinland, Wineclaw, Yellops, Maratabat, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Eywaan, Libertania Democratica, Railroad Crossing, The Serdey Islands, Slyakanya, East Akra, Odelinor, Nodnarb, Daiz, Climeria, Seijitsu, Colfes, Blyskalia, Port Naga, Venicea, Godwanna, Bharathvarsh, Svenskskit, Strongwill, His Enduring Majesty, Illusia and Neverendia, Wisconsota, Star Kingdom, Xentherida, Planes, Madjack, The Mazur Empire, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, Nalver And, McMasterdonia, Moubarakistan, Barabolia, Vesteysia, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Figyjharli, Zemnaya Svoboda, Maott, Wapistan, Sanjurika, Trumpski, Travislavania, Dangine, Questann, Lol2639, Siforpeo, Shotokonia, Super Girl, Xyrron, Clan Spaniel, Uzbek Khan, Aryan Homeland, BTProductions, Steampunk Ariel, Alexander the Magnus, Mon Island, Tyirza, Ellbonnia, and Siberian Workforce.

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