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The Holy Empire of Byzant

“In hoc signo vinces”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Rejected Realms

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The Holy Empire of Byzant is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its happy-go-lucky citizens. The compassionate, intelligent population of 20.452 billion Byzantians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Religion & Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 18%, but much higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Uranium Mining industry.

Oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, and the government seizes all major gold finds. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Byzant's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its currency is the bezant.

Byzant is ranked 3rd in the Rejected Realms and 563rd in the world for Most Cultured, scoring 190 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 8 hours ago

  • 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • 8 hours ago: Byzant voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "National Economic Freedoms"".
  • 8 hours ago: Byzant endorsed The Grand Atheist Duchy of Hallowell.
  • 1 day 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • 1 day 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • 2 days 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • 2 days 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, the nation has an international reputation for compassion.
  • 2 days 8 hours ago: Byzant was endorsed by The United Socialist States of Pan-Euroasia.
  • 2 days 14 hours ago: Byzant was endorsed by The Kingdom of Hemingford.
  • 3 days 2 hours ago: Following new legislation in Byzant, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.

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