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Most Inclusive: 4,277th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,347th Largest Publishing Industry: 4,811th
The Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Autocracy works with the right autocrat, like me.
HIM Emperor James I
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Golden York

Population2.545 billion

CapitalSt Alexandria
LeaderHIM Emperor James I
FaithThe Nondenominational Church of York

CurrencyYorkian Dollar
AnimalGolden Lion

The Empire of Golden York is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by HIM Emperor James I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.545 billion Golden Yorkians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Alexandria. The average income tax rate is 83.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Golden Yorkian economy, worth 352 trillion Yorkian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 138,314 Yorkian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws, standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder, children in school playgrounds can be heard chanting the hymns of the Order of Violet, and where there's smoke there's the Golden Yorkian Forestry Department. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Golden York's national animal is the Golden Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Nondenominational Church of York.

Golden York is ranked 4,811th in the world and 7th in Thaecia for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 16,397.93 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Inclusive: 4,277thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,347thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,811thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,567thNicest Citizens: 6,089thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,365thMost Pacifist: 6,485thMost Influential: 7,023rdLargest Welfare Programs: 7,063rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,769thMost Cultured: 8,011thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,236thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,498thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,676thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,642ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,892ndLargest Governments: 11,203rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,291stSmartest Citizens: 11,318thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,583rdMost Developed: 11,885thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,285thSafest: 12,790thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,477thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,624thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,693rdBest Weather: 15,144thHighest Average Incomes: 15,179thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,605thMost Secular: 16,485th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionMost Income Equality: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the region

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