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Most Devout: 10,812thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,633rdLargest Black Market: 14,756th
The Celestial Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Emperor Protects Us
Influence
Unproven
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Esplandia California

Population3.714 billion

CapitalSan Ramon
LeaderEmperor John X
FaithCelestialism

CurrencyBuck
AnimalGreat Bear

The Celestial Empire of Esplandia California is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor John X with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, frequent executions, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 3.714 billion Californians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of San Ramon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 49.6%.

The thriving Californian economy, worth 253 trillion Bucks a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 68,384 Bucks, with the richest citizens earning 7.2 times as much as the poorest.

Billions of Bucks are spent to take high-quality photos of the Great Bear Nebula, nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore, concert halls sport signs proclaiming "No Shorts, Sandals or Swastikas", and propaganda posters remind citizens that 'opinions are treason'. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia California's national animal is the Great Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Celestialism.

Esplandia California is ranked 179,785th in the world and 6,283rd in Balder for Safest, scoring 20.71 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Devout: 10,812thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,633rdLargest Black Market: 14,756thMost Conservative: 15,760thMost Ignorant Citizens: 18,079thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,547th
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Most Conservative: 473rd in the regionMost Devout: 516th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 619th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 623rd in the region

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