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The Holy Empire of The Sees

“The world is built on Nuthan gold.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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The Sees

Population388 million

CapitalNutha

CurrencyNuthan gold
AnimalNuthan cat

The Holy Empire of The Sees is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 388 million Seesians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nutha. The average income tax rate is 27.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Seesian economy, worth 21.1 trillion Nuthan golds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 54,260 Nuthan golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government's religious works are headed by a New Age guru, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles', and surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Sees's national animal is the Nuthan cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Sees is ranked 111,871st in the world and 4,547th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 34.75 on the Rand Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,146thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 10,575thMost Influential: 10,591stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,753rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,500thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,763rdMost Devout: 16,838th
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Highest Drug Use: 249th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 507th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 542nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 553rd in the regionMost Devout: 584th in the regionMost Influential: 677th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, the government's religious works are headed by a New Age guru.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, conspiracy theorists allege Nutha's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, toddlers are wielding machine guns in the name of national defense.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sees, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.

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