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Most Primitive: 1,010thHighest Crime Rates: 1,054thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,218th
The Holy Empire of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Blessings upon your family!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Rare

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Amberlena

Population10.543 billion

CapitalRossi Palace
LeaderEmpress Ariie
FaithUnorthodox Christianity

CurrencyFenn
AnimalSea Otter

The Holy Empire of Amberlena is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Empress Ariie with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 10.543 billion Amberlenans enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rossi Palace. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The large but underdeveloped Amberlenan economy, worth 644 trillion Fenns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. Average income is 61,158 Fenns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 333,181 per year while the poor average 5,760, a ratio of 57.8 to 1.

Dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', the Amberlena Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', takeaway food bought on the weekend now comes with fifty percent more sweat and tears, and government ministers claim to ride dragons to work. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Amberlena's national animal is the Sea Otter, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Unorthodox Christianity.

Amberlena is ranked 241,206th in the world and 199th in The Western Isles for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring -27.2 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Primitive: 1,010thHighest Crime Rates: 1,054thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,218thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,342ndFattest Citizens: 1,694thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,922ndTop
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Most Armed: 2,575thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,592ndMost Avoided: 3,796thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,248thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,470thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,824thMost Devout: 5,606thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,079thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 15,443rdMost Corrupt Governments: 16,111thHighest Drug Use: 17,768thLargest Retail Industry: 18,397thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,611th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 17th in the region

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