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Largest Mining Sector: 13thMost Devout: 169thMost Primitive: 240th
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
In hoc signo vinces
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Byzant

Population34.895 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 remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 34.895 billion Byzantians 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 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 1.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantian economy, worth a remarkable 5,630 trillion bezants a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Cheese Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 161,366 bezants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

A National Academy regulates grammar and usage, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, and Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case. 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 soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Orthodoxy.

Byzant is ranked 3,163rd in the world and 94th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 16,859.69 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Mining Sector: 13thMost Devout: 169thMost Primitive: 240thLowest Crime Rates: 289thMost Pacifist: 411thNicest Citizens: 476thMost Compassionate Citizens: 494thMost Cheerful Citizens: 611thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 710thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 926thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 983rdMost Cultured: 992ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,041stFattest Citizens: 1,137thMost Stationary: 1,159thLargest Populations: 1,172ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,242ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,354thMost Efficient Economies: 1,355thHighest Economic Output: 1,649thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,902ndTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,609thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,096thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,163rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,788thMost Influential: 5,337thHighest Average Incomes: 11,761stTop
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Largest Governments: 17,997thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,529thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,376thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,805thMost Authoritarian: 24,065th
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Largest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 50th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 58th in the regionMost Influential: 60th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 99th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 188th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 392nd in the regionLargest Governments: 498th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 500th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 516th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 537th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 623rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, large areas of Byzant are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, nudity is frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, over a third of the seats in sports stadiums have been removed to make room for female-only commodes.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzant, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".

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