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Largest Black Market: 32nd Most Devout: 43rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 81st
The Monastic Technocracy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population23.115 billion

CapitalThe Necropolis of Saints
LeaderCouncil of Abbots

AnimalHuman Corpse

The Monastic Technocracy of Expendia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Council of Abbots with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 23.115 billion Expendables are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Spirituality, and Administration also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Necropolis of Saints. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Expendable economy, worth a remarkable 8,980 trillion Souls 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, Basket Weaving, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. 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 388,495 Souls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Women have a strange proclivity for dressing up as caped weasels, vaccinations are mandatory, livestock mutilations are on the rise, and children fear compulsory visits to their spiritual advisors more than the dentist. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Expendia's national animal is the Human Corpse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Expendablism.

Expendia is ranked 43rd in the world and 5th in Lazarus for Most Devout, with 42,245.43 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Black Market: 32ndMost Devout: 43rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 81stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 102ndMost Subsidized Industry: 154thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 160thMost Advanced Public Education: 170thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 265thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 323rdMost Corrupt Governments: 411thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 418thHighest Average Tax Rates: 453rdHighest Economic Output: 458thLargest Governments: 507thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 515thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 516thHighest Poor Incomes: 553rdHighest Average Incomes: 642ndMost Primitive: 969thMost Efficient Economies: 1,029thLowest Crime Rates: 1,066thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,540thTop
Most Cultured: 2,126thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,236thLargest Populations: 3,794thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,948thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,627thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,732ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,763rdLargest Mining Sector: 7,660thTop
Highest Drug Use: 12,300thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,903rdSmartest Citizens: 14,577thMost Developed: 14,912thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,508th
Largest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 58th in the regionMost Primitive: 62nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 64th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 99th in the regionLargest Populations: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 225th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 232nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 237th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 285th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 436th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 438th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 454th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 484th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, children fear compulsory visits to their spiritual advisors more than the dentist.
  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, livestock mutilations are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, vaccinations are mandatory.
  • : Expendia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Expendia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, women have a strange proclivity for dressing up as caped weasels.
  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, glamping Expendables won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Expendia, it is firmly believed that cameras steal souls.
  • : Expendia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Expendia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.


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