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The Glorious Evolution of Sthalrim

“For The Glorious Evolution” Kaiser Wilhelm

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population5.464 billion

LeaderKaiser Wilhelm
FaithThe Iron Banner

CurrencyIron Medallions
AnimalIron Wolf

The Glorious Evolution of Sthalrim is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, digital currency, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 5.464 billion Iron Lords 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 prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zaun. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 92.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Sthalrimian economy, worth a remarkable 2,738 trillion Iron Medallions a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 501,168 Iron Medallions, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,873,081 per year while the poor average 93,917, a ratio of 19.9 to 1.

The government is in utter turmoil following the recent abolishment of the tax code, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise, and super-powered zombies parade through the streets of Zaun. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sthalrim's national animal is the Iron Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Iron Banner.

Sthalrim is ranked 1,171st in the world and 113th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 77,696 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 146thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 184thLargest Insurance Industry: 257thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 280thHighest Average Incomes: 305thMost Secular: 367thMost Corrupt Governments: 449thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 515thLargest Retail Industry: 542ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 584thLargest Information Technology Sector: 595thLargest Black Market: 625thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 775thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,000thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,009thMost Efficient Economies: 1,050thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,056thLowest Crime Rates: 1,081stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,089thMost Avoided: 1,134thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,140thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,155thMost Influential: 1,171stLargest Mining Sector: 1,227thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,475thLargest Governments: 1,701stRudest Citizens: 1,702ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,392ndMost Developed: 2,437thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,951stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,097thHighest Economic Output: 4,953rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,625thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,065thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,360thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,155thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,309thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,898thMost Stationary: 19,112thMost Conservative: 22,108th
Largest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 19th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 33rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 37th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 39th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 43rd in the regionLargest Governments: 47th in the regionRudest Citizens: 64th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 74th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 85th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 91st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 114th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 164th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 188th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 266th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 273rd in the regionMost Stationary: 368th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 382nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 520th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 547th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 573rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 581st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, super-powered zombies parade through the streets of Zaun.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise.
  • : Sthalrim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the government is in utter turmoil following the recent abolishment of the tax code.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, Sthalrim's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".
  • : Sthalrim voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 182 » Erinor, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Luddinlande, Farengeto, Kringalia, Tsunamy, Belschaft, Sandaoguo, Havenfell, Drugged Monkeys, Curlyhoward, Si-topia, The Solar System Scope, Nowa Europa, Nova Montron, Jehenna, Aidenfieeld, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Tsvetania, Darakin, Utondara, The naked people, Aywhyou, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Moreana, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Linguiniland, Saciu, New Briantown, Calistan, Yellunstryer, Vincent Field, Potion Seller, Great Andora, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Silberne Wache, Isokenzar, Barabarom, Cuuldere, Aguatania, Whimichy, Xandev, Aurcania, and 132 others.The Filippinas, Herbert Island, Qvait, Abarri, Land Without Shrimp, Drystar, Wehraboos, USNE2018, Dasko, Amerion, PenguinPies, Jennaterra, Bear Connors Paradiso, Omiri, Mapico, Imperial Duck, Empa Aserium, Zaelith, The Tecorogan Federation, Direwolf1, The Bereans, Madreia, Astraee, Nueva Alta California, Bleakfoot, Marstella, Tioloman, Tiransia, Greater Hyrulang, Novaexus, Steampunk Engineers, Rly8h, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Yeldarbsland, German Hapsburg, Kandorith, Morlama Nast, Oreo States, North Kanuckistan, Ebonhand, Holy Free, Barokah, West Pastafaria, Great Scapula, Baltenlands, Anserisa, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Sau Man Frescher, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Ralphburg, Springhollow, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Bumblegaria, The Worst army of, Kaz Katiestan, ChickenDome, Quh, Kervanosia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Maerist, Jimburna, Compli, Marinho Islands, Dis7Nation, Andinla, Markla, Shefino, Mantas Meow, Gonrati, Alaninia, Auphelia, Sumalyo, Corgitopiaa, Roleca, Laamiva, Dukin Donuts, LadyRebels, RussiaSpetsnaz1, Well F, West Fallows, Efferalt, Trepsit, Royaltica, Xarbraden, Mincestia, Avia Lavanda, Kyroski, Weburya, Vega Naothia, East Lodge, Sernamica, Midand, Concrete Slab, Catillos, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Myness, Alfama, Lux Umbrat, House Ahsanul, Jazzfrezia, New Roch, Merevane, Philippinia, Tepertopia, Qawe, Purple Hyacinth, Ostko, Phanama, Kricivk, Sam Best, Canmore, Bartonia Nova, Venestralia, The land of Hades, Ovkianos, Drazilazi, Brunier, Klobitien, Kaoia, Zataras, Ofaria, Zuleit, Seythennia, Novum Sina, Vanbella, Integria, Eskvenn, Lyrava, Myhomecountry, Kedjens, and Ostanasia.

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