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The Holy Empire of South Edessa

“Deus Vult”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific


South Edessa

Population701 million


CurrencyGold Shekel

The Holy Empire of South Edessa is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, ubiquitous missile silos, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 701 million Edessans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Edessa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The all-consuming South Edessan economy, worth 79.2 trillion Gold Shekels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 113,005 Gold Shekels, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 583,039 per year while the poor average 11,931, a ratio of 48.9 to 1.

The most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, decongestants have replaced Gold Shekels in street transactions, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, and clergy do their best to cover up their old tattoos. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. South Edessa's national animal is the Sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

South Edessa is ranked 4,782nd in the world and 105th in The East Pacific for Most Devout, with 3,347.28 Prayers Per Hour.

Fattest Citizens: 3,817thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,958thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,179thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,732ndMost Devout: 4,782ndMost Avoided: 5,271stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,563rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,590thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,654thMost Influential: 7,184thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,098thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,481stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,971stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,211thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,706thMost Armed: 13,386thMost Pro-Market: 15,035thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,258thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,418thRudest Citizens: 15,724th
Fattest Citizens: 66th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 94th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 99th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 104th in the regionMost Devout: 105th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 122nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 127th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 209th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 235th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 236th in the regionMost Armed: 261st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 316th in the regionRudest Citizens: 334th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 372nd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 397th in the regionMost Influential: 459th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 481st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 564th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 644th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 662nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 684th in the regionMost Cultured: 685th in the region

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