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Ile Royale

Population14.949 billion

CapitalNouvelle Paris
Leaderthe Duc d'Orléans


The Bourbon Empire of Ile Royale is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Duc d'Orléans with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 14.949 billion Ile Royaleans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Healthcare is also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nouvelle Paris. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ile Royalean economy, worth a remarkable 2,940 trillion Coronets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 196,730 Coronets, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 664,710 per year while the poor average 43,065, a ratio of 15.4 to 1.

Airport security is provided by private companies, terrified neighbors cower behind concertina wire and machine gun nests, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ile Royale's national animal is the Léon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Ile Royale is ranked 10,225th in the world and 1st in Renaissance for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 287.25 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 562ndMost Armed: 649thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 721stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 976thFattest Citizens: 1,212thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,309thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 1,996thMost Influential: 2,307thMost Avoided: 2,327thRudest Citizens: 2,484thHighest Economic Output: 2,726thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,949thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,965thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,559thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,750thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,561stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,984thLargest Mining Sector: 5,060thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,181stHighest Average Incomes: 5,332ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,642ndLargest Black Market: 6,245thNudest: 6,895thLargest Populations: 7,118thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,356thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,488thLargest Retail Industry: 8,222ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 9,338thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,225thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,312thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,978thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,213thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,931stMost Cultured: 14,452ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,832nd

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  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and Most Zombified.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Survivors.
  • : Ile Royale's influence in Renaissance fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Ile Royale's influence in Renaissance rose from "Zero" to "Hermit".
  • : Ile Royale relocated from Balder to Renaissance.
  • : Ile Royale was refounded in Balder.


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