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Largest Mining Sector: 12thMost Devout: 179thMost Primitive: 225th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
In hoc signo vinces
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Byzant

Population33.658 billion

CapitalConstantinople
LeaderJustinian and Theodora
FaithOrthodoxy

Currencybezant
Animaleagle

The Holy Empire of Byzant is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Justinian and Theodora with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and strictly enforced bedtime. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 33.658 billion Byzantians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 1.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantian economy, worth a remarkable 5,190 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 154,206 bezants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative, heirs who take too long in the bathroom are declared missing and presumed dead, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university, and pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security. 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 national religion is Orthodoxy.

Byzant is ranked 162,065th in the world and 3,806th in the Rejected Realms for Most Politically Free, scoring 27 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Mining Sector: 12thMost Devout: 179thMost Primitive: 225thLowest Crime Rates: 331stNicest Citizens: 410thMost Compassionate Citizens: 425thMost Pacifist: 437thMost Cheerful Citizens: 563rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 693rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 826thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 964thMost Cultured: 994thFattest Citizens: 1,017thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,167thLargest Populations: 1,199thMost Stationary: 1,212thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,339thMost Efficient Economies: 1,457thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,588thHighest Economic Output: 1,705thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,183rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,934thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,964thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,016thMost Influential: 4,330thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,971stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 11,509thHighest Average Incomes: 12,614thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,709th
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Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Primitive: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionNicest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 32nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 39th in the regionFattest Citizens: 39th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 40th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 54th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 74th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 98th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 105th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 369th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, heirs who take too long in the bathroom are declared missing and presumed dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Byzant.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, convicts released after being found "wrongfully imprisoned" are surprisingly chill about the whole thing.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, citizen radio operators agree that the certification test can open up a world of hertz.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Byzant was endorsed by The Free Land of United Libor Lefunkistan.

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