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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 320thLargest Information Technology Sector: 330thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 495th
The Holy Roman Space Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
A deo rex, a rege lex
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Byroms

Population10.471 billion

CapitalNeo Seoul
LeaderDarth Tiberius Caetronius
FaithSith

CurrencyWon
AnimalWolf

The Holy Roman Space Empire of Byroms is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Darth Tiberius Caetronius with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, ritual sacrifices, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.471 billion Space Imperials 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 is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Education and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neo Seoul. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,641 trillion Won a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 347,814 Won, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,575,762 per year while the poor average 47,105, a ratio of 33.5 to 1.

Every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Neo Seoul, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, and immigrant herding has become a national pastime. 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. Byroms's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Sith.

Byroms is ranked 216,188th in the world and 7,285th in Lazarus for Most Politically Free, scoring 13.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 320thLargest Information Technology Sector: 330thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 495thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 521stLargest Black Market: 606thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 897thMost Armed: 1,207thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,274thHighest Average Incomes: 1,283rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,688thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,132ndTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,527thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,178thHighest Economic Output: 3,443rdRudest Citizens: 3,794thSmartest Citizens: 5,152ndLargest Governments: 6,421stLargest Mining Sector: 7,989thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,285thMost Avoided: 8,622ndMost Secular: 9,213thMost Efficient Economies: 9,892ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,729thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,836thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 13,851stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,865thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,953rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,953rdMost Cultured: 14,198thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,410thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,078thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,054thMost Developed: 18,876thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,043rd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionLargest Black Market: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 45th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 83rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 83rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 107th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionRudest Citizens: 166th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 170th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 180th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 234th in the regionLargest Governments: 339th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 388th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 432nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 457th in the regionMost Avoided: 459th in the regionMost Secular: 467th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 547th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 551st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 555th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 560th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 698th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 721st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 752nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 771st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 779th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 790th in the regionMost Cultured: 802nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Neo Seoul.
  • : Byroms's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Byroms was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out.
  • : Following new legislation in Byroms, 75% of the words in government-funded "Super Fun Maths Games" are probably inaccurate.

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