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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 676th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,188th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,491st
The Eternal Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hail to Victory, Hail to Kronos!
Kronos
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Grand Elysium

Population6.885 billion

CapitalMakaron Nesoi
LeaderKronos
FaithCult of Kronos

CurrencyElysiite
AnimalEagle of Kronos

The Eternal Empire of Grand Elysium is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Kronos with an iron fist, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, avant-garde cinema, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.885 billion Elysians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Makaron Nesoi. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Grand Elysiumian economy, worth a remarkable 1,519 trillion Elysiites 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 a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 220,634 Elysiites, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up, Air Grand Elysium tickets have reached sky-high prices due to a complete monopoly on air travel, the might of the entire Grand Elysiumian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Grand Elysium's national animal is the Eagle of Kronos, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Cult of Kronos.

Grand Elysium is ranked 145,826th in the world and 6,005th in Balder for Most Cultured, scoring 63 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 676thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,188thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,491stTop
5%
Most Conservative: 1,701stMost Devout: 1,724thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,231stLargest Black Market: 2,444thMost Authoritarian: 2,450thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,633rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,707thLowest Crime Rates: 2,773rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,888thLargest Governments: 3,032ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,169thHighest Average Incomes: 4,308thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,615thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,762ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,891stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,986thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,344thMost Avoided: 6,900thMost Extreme: 6,989thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,149thTop
10%
Smartest Citizens: 8,593rdHighest Economic Output: 8,916thMost Income Equality: 11,211thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,229thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,587th
Top
1%
Most Conservative: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 48th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionTop
5%
Most Devout: 76th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 88th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111th in the regionMost Extreme: 120th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 123rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 123rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 135th in the regionLargest Governments: 137th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 147th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 185th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 213th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 266th in the regionMost Income Equality: 270th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 335th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 390th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 393rd in the regionMost Avoided: 427th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 443rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 445th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 587th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, the might of the entire Grand Elysiumian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, Air Grand Elysium tickets have reached sky-high prices due to a complete monopoly on air travel.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, mandatory patriotic themes make even the newest movies feel like remakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, the military conducts 'training exercises' in prisons.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp.
  • : Grand Elysium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Grand Elysium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Grand Elysium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.

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