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Most Stationary: 1,902nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,576th Largest Gambling Industry: 5,573rd
The Sentinel Servant of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Imperial Cross

Population16.699 billion


AnimalBlack Shrike

The Sentinel Servant of Imperial Cross is a gargantuan, orderly nation, notable for its state-planned economy, frequent executions, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.699 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 862 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 19,637th in the world and 31st in Spiritus for Most Extreme, scoring 32.62 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Stationary: 1,902ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,576thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,573rdLargest Black Market: 6,706thLargest Populations: 7,087thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,775thTop
Fattest Citizens: 10,967thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,943rdMost Influential: 15,106thHighest Economic Output: 15,871st
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the region

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