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Highest Crime Rates: 1,567th Largest Retail Industry: 1,583rd Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,803rd
The Holy Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
God save our King and Fatherland
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Berhakonia

Population1.472 billion

CapitalStannismarck
LeaderEmperor Janius XIV Chrysostom
FaithEastern Orthodox Christianity

CurrencyGold Stenmar
AnimalIron Coast Lion

The Holy Empire of Berhakonia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Janius XIV Chrysostom with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 1.472 billion Berhakli are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stannismarck. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Berhakonian economy, worth 226 trillion Gold Stenmars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 154,140 Gold Stenmars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 896,694 per year while the poor average 12,525, a ratio of 71.6 to 1.

The mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Berhakonia's national animal is the Iron Coast Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Berhakonia is ranked 28,482nd in the world and 8th in The Exalted Lands for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 14,283.97 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Highest Crime Rates: 1,567thLargest Retail Industry: 1,583rdTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,803rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,976thFattest Citizens: 2,199thMost Armed: 2,378thMost Devout: 2,984thRudest Citizens: 3,389thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,543rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,953rdLargest Insurance Industry: 5,294thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,213thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,242ndMost Avoided: 6,724thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,058thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,189thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 8,753rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,423rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,644thHighest Drug Use: 10,892ndHighest Average Incomes: 11,675thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,265thMost Cultured: 13,226thSmartest Citizens: 14,479th
Top
10%
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying.
  • : Berhakonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, bounty hunters have been dispatched to hunt down rogue bounty hunters.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, matryoshka dolls resembling nested Death Stars are commonly sold.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, anyone who so much as frowns risks being referred to a mental health unit.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhakonia, agricultural science is the most competitive subject at universities.

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