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Largest Insurance Industry: 109th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 131st Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 138th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population12.298 billion

LeaderEmperor Harrower
FaithWorship of the Emperor

AnimalSteel Hawk

The Empire of Aegis-5 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Harrower with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.298 billion Aegisians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kaas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aegisian economy, worth a remarkable 5,827 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 473,820 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads, the Aegis-5 Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, and doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Aegis-5's national animal is the Steel Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Worship of the Emperor.

Aegis-5 is ranked 23,222nd in the world and 1,137th in Lazarus for Smartest Citizens, with 54.72 Quips Per Hour.

Largest Insurance Industry: 109thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 131stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 138thMost Avoided: 148thMost Corrupt Governments: 171stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 188thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 221stHighest Average Incomes: 236thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 236thLargest Mining Sector: 246thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 309thFattest Citizens: 314thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 357thHighest Poor Incomes: 422ndLargest Gambling Industry: 498thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 539thLargest Retail Industry: 622ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 654thHighest Economic Output: 829thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,189thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,244thLargest Black Market: 1,249thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,256thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,272ndMost Secular: 1,456thTop
Most Influential: 1,759thMost Efficient Economies: 1,763rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,914thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,045thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,196thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,982ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,155thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,405thLargest Governments: 8,000thTop
Most Conservative: 8,818thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,160thMost Authoritarian: 10,197thLargest Populations: 10,346thMost Stationary: 10,555thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,650thRudest Citizens: 16,186th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 21st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 29th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 45th in the regionMost Secular: 46th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 59th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 60th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Black Market: 68th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 97th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 117th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 149th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 187th in the regionMost Stationary: 235th in the regionMost Conservative: 238th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 273rd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 379th in the regionLargest Governments: 385th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 386th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 550th in the regionRudest Citizens: 562nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aegis-5 endorsed The Evoked Eparchy of Aleister.
  • : Aegis-5 was endorsed by The Evoked Eparchy of Aleister.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Aegis-5 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, the Aegis-5 Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Steel Hawk.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Following new legislation in Aegis-5, the government violently suppresses separatist movements.


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