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The Empire of The Twelve Isles

“The Crown And Whales Provide”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Federation of Allies


The Twelve Isles

Population6.638 billion

LeaderEmpress Bella Cartwine

AnimalLeviathan Whale

The Empire of The Twelve Isles is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Bella Cartwine with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 6.638 billion Islishes are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Townhill. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.5%.

The very strong Twelve Islesian economy, worth 470 trillion Penets a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 70,830 Penets, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 214,691 per year while the poor average 18,173, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

A newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Twelve Islesian as 'your finger, you fool', Empress Bella Cartwine is too busy listening to praise to get any work done, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", and the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?". Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Twelve Isles's national animal is the Leviathan Whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

The Twelve Isles is ranked 37,520th in the world and 10th in Federation of Allies for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,694.33 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Fattest Citizens: 10,233rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,381stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,438thMost Avoided: 13,043rdHighest Crime Rates: 15,747th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the region

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