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The Golden Kingdom of The Oriental Empire

“Et Usque In Aeternum Semper”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Europe

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The Oriental Empire

Population5.533 billion

CapitalConstantinople
LeaderAthanasia II Augustina
FaithEastern Orthodoxy

CurrencyPax Romana
AnimalCanis lupus

The Golden Kingdom of The Oriental Empire is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Athanasia II Augustina with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 5.533 billion Orientals enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 93.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oriental economy, worth 897 trillion Pax Romanas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 162,295 Pax Romanas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The Oriental Empire has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories, garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau', thieves find battery shops juicier targets than banks, and Athanasia II Augustina's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Oriental Empire's national animal is the Canis lupus, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Eastern Orthodoxy.

The Oriental Empire is ranked 6,753rd in the world and 135th in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 92.46 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Influential: 1,340thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,583rdTop
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Most Devout: 3,219thLowest Crime Rates: 3,997thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,758thMost Efficient Economies: 4,974thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,055thLargest Governments: 6,606thMost Developed: 6,753rdSafest: 6,838thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,964thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,042ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,474thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,676thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,780thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,389thSmartest Citizens: 8,561stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,329thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,874thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,324thRudest Citizens: 10,448thHighest Average Incomes: 11,755thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 12,023rdBest Weather: 12,292ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,306thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,647thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,774thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,230thMost Cultured: 14,075thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,187thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,342ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,414thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,610thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,266thHighest Economic Output: 20,884thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22,025th
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Most Devout: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 43rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 66th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 82nd in the regionLargest Governments: 92nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 94th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 101st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 102nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 116th in the regionSafest: 117th in the region

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