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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 146thMost Patriotic: 212thLargest Black Market: 286th
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Long Live The Empire
Master Sebastian
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

EmpireofLight

Population12.262 billion

CapitalLexington City
LeaderMaster Sebastian
FaithCatholicism

Currencyoj
AnimalEagle

The Republic of EmpireofLight is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Master Sebastian with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, state-planned economy, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.262 billion EmpireofLightians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lexington City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient EmpireofLightian economy, worth a remarkable 5,368 trillion ojs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 437,788 ojs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages, and economic output is rising as the chronically depressed are persuaded not to burden society. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. EmpireofLight's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

EmpireofLight is ranked 984th in the world and 29th in Balder for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2,062.72 tourists per hour.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 146thMost Patriotic: 212thLargest Black Market: 286thMost Advanced Public Transport: 293rdMost Advanced Public Education: 295thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 299thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301stMost Corrupt Governments: 364thLargest Welfare Programs: 403rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 427thLowest Crime Rates: 471stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 481stHighest Poor Incomes: 495thMost Subsidized Industry: 526thHighest Average Tax Rates: 530thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 573rdHighest Average Incomes: 591stLargest Governments: 597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 970thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 984thMost Cultured: 1,017thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,062ndMost Devout: 1,088thMost Developed: 1,190thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,418thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,870thHighest Economic Output: 1,968thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,427thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,440thSmartest Citizens: 2,446thMost Efficient Economies: 2,462ndTop
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Highest Food Quality: 2,881stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,166thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,485thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,660thHealthiest Citizens: 5,796thLargest Retail Industry: 6,040thNudest: 7,575thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,145thTop
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Most Inclusive: 16,430thMost Conservative: 20,003rdMost Authoritarian: 20,361stMost Influential: 20,890thMost Stationary: 21,093rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,501st
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Most Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Developed: 33rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 42nd in the regionMost Devout: 42nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 67th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 72nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 81st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 91st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 99th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 99th in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 108th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 215th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 222nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 232nd in the regionMost Influential: 249th in the regionMost Stationary: 269th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 273rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 288th in the regionNudest: 317th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 370th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 860th in the regionMost Inclusive: 884th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 905th in the regionLargest Populations: 961st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : EmpireofLight was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, economic output is rising as the chronically depressed are persuaded not to burden society.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls.
  • : EmpireofLight was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, women who leak pus from infected wounds are told to suck it up.
  • : Following new legislation in EmpireofLight, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.

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