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Most Stationary: 1,965th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,602nd Largest Gambling Industry: 5,733rd
The Sentinel Servant of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Imperial Cross

Population16.15 billion


AnimalBlack Shrike

The Sentinel Servant of Imperial Cross is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, public floggings, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.15 billion Imperial Crossians 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 large, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, although Defense, Industry, and International Aid are also considered important. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 38.6%.

The strong Imperial Crossian economy, worth 834 trillion Rialtos 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Gambling, 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 51,646 Rialtos, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 272,919 per year while the poor average 5,190, a ratio of 52.6 to 1.

Children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "Love and peace!" as a way of life, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors, and the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels. Crime is moderate. Imperial Cross's national animal is the Black Shrike, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Hope.

Imperial Cross is ranked 82,544th in the world and 134th in Spiritus for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 571.35 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Stationary: 1,965thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,602ndLargest Gambling Industry: 5,733rdLargest Black Market: 6,620thLargest Populations: 7,212thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,603rdTop
Fattest Citizens: 11,281stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,333rdMost Influential: 15,083rdHighest Economic Output: 15,817th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 31st in the region

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