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The Fifth Empire of Voljundok

“Suleyk, smoliin, uth.” Emperor Naak'riso II

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Alterran Confederacy



Population12.315 billion

LeaderEmperor Naak'riso II
FaithPantheon of the Nine Divines


The Fifth Empire of Voljundok is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Naak'riso II with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.315 billion mortals are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nirn. The average income tax rate is 96.7%.

The frighteningly efficient mortal economy, worth a remarkable 5,199 trillion septims 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Automobile 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 an amazing 422,194 septims, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,220,958 per year while the poor average 115,759, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

It is illegal to liberate slaves, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, and the nation's arms dealers guarantee discretion and untraceable transactions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Voljundok's national animal is the dovah, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Pantheon of the Nine Divines.

Voljundok is ranked 18,449th in the world and 7th in The Alterran Confederacy for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,448.33 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Black Market: 248thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 424thMost Subsidized Industry: 479thMost Advanced Public Transport: 562ndHighest Average Incomes: 593rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 648thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 680thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 795thLargest Mining Sector: 843rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 897thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 926thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,238thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,290thMost Secular: 1,324thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,370thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,461stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,471stHighest Economic Output: 1,699thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,719thLargest Governments: 1,796thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,309thMost Efficient Economies: 2,497thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,508thLowest Crime Rates: 2,677thFattest Citizens: 2,739thMost Avoided: 2,788thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,889thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,159thMost Developed: 5,325thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,559thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,660thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,823rdSmartest Citizens: 6,350thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,581stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,734thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,242ndTop
Most Cultured: 10,592ndLargest Retail Industry: 12,556thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,991stLargest Welfare Programs: 18,449thLargest Populations: 20,246th
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the region

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