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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 372nd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 489th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 498th
The Holy Empire of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Unshatterable foundation, unshakeable future.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population19.879 billion

LeaderEmperor Jan Var


The Holy Empire of Herskerstad is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jan Var with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, zero percent divorce rate, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.879 billion Herskerstadians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Spirituality and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Meritocratica. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Herskerstadian economy, worth a remarkable 5,795 trillion Riksmarks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 291,555 Riksmarks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,572,989 per year while the poor average 28,043, a ratio of 56.1 to 1.

The nation leads the Rejected Realms in per capita stalking, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, priests are being drafted by the church load, and many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Herskerstad's national animal is the Horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Herskerstad is ranked 498th in the world and 12th in the Rejected Realms for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 1.57 million Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 372ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 489thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 498thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 609thHighest Disposable Incomes: 665thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 670thLargest Mining Sector: 752ndFattest Citizens: 777thMost Avoided: 778thLargest Insurance Industry: 920thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 929thHighest Economic Output: 998thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,187thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,381stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,532ndTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,673rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,150thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,155thMost Armed: 2,170thMost Devout: 3,370thLargest Retail Industry: 3,453rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,642ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,401stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,821stLargest Populations: 4,854thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,554thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,731stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,302ndRudest Citizens: 8,010thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,512thMost Pro-Market: 10,072ndLargest Black Market: 10,109thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,778thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,647thLargest Governments: 15,293rd
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 22nd in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionFattest Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 43rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 49th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 63rd in the regionLargest Populations: 74th in the regionMost Devout: 80th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 82nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 100th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 106th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 123rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 127th in the regionRudest Citizens: 179th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 216th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 217th in the regionLargest Black Market: 258th in the regionLargest Governments: 296th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 483rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 519th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 536th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 585th in the region

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