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The Secret Saint of The Oriental Empire

“Et Usque In Aeternum Semper”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Europe

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The Oriental Empire

Population3.733 billion

CapitalConstantinople
LeaderAlexios de Lusignan Palaiologos
FaithOriental Orthodoxy

CurrencyHistamenon
AnimalBranta ruficollis

The Secret Saint of The Oriental Empire is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Alexios de Lusignan Palaiologos with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.733 billion Orientals 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 medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 84.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oriental economy, worth 604 trillion Histamenons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,956 Histamenons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers, adverts depict men giving birth while cursing the women who got them into trouble, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, and travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Oriental Empire's national animal is the Branta ruficollis, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Oriental Orthodoxy.

The Oriental Empire is ranked 113,848th in the world and 541st in Europe for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 387.46 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Devout: 2,311thMost Influential: 2,749thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,378thLowest Crime Rates: 5,014thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,062ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,365thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,829thMost Efficient Economies: 6,025thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,945thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,994thMost Developed: 8,342ndLargest Governments: 8,596thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,771stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,629thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,050thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,127thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,724thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,779thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,853rdSmartest Citizens: 12,589thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,684thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,589thMost Cultured: 17,453rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,645thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,052ndHealthiest Citizens: 18,344thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,639thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,135th
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Most Devout: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 44th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 56th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 71st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 72nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 86th in the region

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