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The Holy Empire of Snoodum

“All hail God-Emperor Snudgskooge” God-Emperor Snudgskooge

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population10.647 billion

CapitalSnudgskooge's palace
LeaderGod-Emperor Snudgskooge

AnimalHorned Mukaboo

The Holy Empire of Snoodum is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by God-Emperor Snudgskooge with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.647 billion Snoodians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snudgskooge's palace. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Snoodian economy, worth a remarkable 4,419 trillion Flebs 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 an amazing 415,071 Flebs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies, sleeping on the job is recommended, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Snoodum, and the national Police Academies have dedicated infant wings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Snoodum's national animal is the Horned Mukaboo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Snoodism.

Snoodum is ranked 758th in the world and 30th in Lazarus for Largest Governments, scoring 65.28 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 85thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 146thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 237thHighest Poor Incomes: 248thMost Advanced Public Education: 282ndLargest Black Market: 283rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 424thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 431stMost Corrupt Governments: 504thLowest Crime Rates: 620thHighest Average Incomes: 647thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 665thHighest Average Tax Rates: 669thMost Advanced Public Transport: 719thLargest Governments: 758thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,064thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,287thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,298thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,356thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,576thBest Weather: 1,761stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,102ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,315thMost Influential: 2,322ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,479thSmartest Citizens: 2,537thHealthiest Citizens: 3,290thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,371stMost Efficient Economies: 4,294thNudest: 5,432ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,985thMost Cultured: 6,844thMost Secular: 9,745thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,017thTop
Most Developed: 12,377thMost Authoritarian: 20,504th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 38th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 44th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 45th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 55th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 60th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rd in the regionBest Weather: 73rd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 101st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 115th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 115th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 161st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 166th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 202nd in the regionNudest: 270th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 346th in the regionMost Cultured: 368th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 542nd in the regionMost Secular: 544th in the regionMost Developed: 723rd in the regionLargest Populations: 826th in the region

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