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The Holy Empire of Viridus

“Lay down your weapons, it is not too late for my mercy” Rexileus Diros

Category: Corporate Police State
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations



Population5.896 billion

LeaderRexileus Diros

CurrencyViridia Mark

The Holy Empire of Viridus is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Rexileus Diros with an iron fist, and renowned for its aversion to nipples, frequent executions, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.896 billion Viridusians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vittoria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 55.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Viridusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,022 trillion Viridia Marks a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 173,455 Viridia Marks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 681,260 per year while the poor average 30,011, a ratio of 22.7 to 1.

Citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high, agricultural employees work for peanuts, and it's a marvellous night for a moon dance as the sparks on your home start to rise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Viridus's national animal is the Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Lutheranism.

Viridus is ranked 164,836th in the world and 282nd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -12.25 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,974thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,124thMost Influential: 2,310thMost Devout: 2,328thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,494thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,542ndMost Avoided: 2,546thLargest Retail Industry: 2,561stLargest Mining Sector: 3,089thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,225thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,338thLargest Black Market: 3,459thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,075thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,131stTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8,938thMost Efficient Economies: 9,321stRudest Citizens: 9,330thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,358thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,596thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,108thLowest Crime Rates: 12,802ndLargest Insurance Industry: 12,890thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,715thHighest Economic Output: 14,912thLargest Governments: 15,239thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,528th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the region

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