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The Holy Empire of The Wandering Poet

“ὦ ξεῖν᾽, ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε κείμεθα...” Homer

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Power

Location: Lethe


The Wandering Poet

Population3.57 billion



The Holy Empire of The Wandering Poet is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Homer with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 3.57 billion Wandering Poets 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 large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Homeric. The average income tax rate is 56.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Wandering Poet economy, worth 204 trillion koines a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 57,324 koines, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, students cut up leftover koines during Arts and Crafts, basket-weaving is the nation's latest fad, and the police force is rumoured to be made up of evil shadows with no souls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Wandering Poet's national animal is the Poetes, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Polytheism.

The Wandering Poet is ranked 134,633rd in the world and 2nd in Lethe for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -2.97 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,360thTop
Most Devout: 10,179thBest Weather: 15,925th

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