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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 932nd Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,623rd Most Influential: 2,432nd
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Damned if I do, Damned if I don't
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Imperial Pontia

Population2.647 billion



The Holy Empire of Imperial Pontia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Atheris with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, complete lack of prisons, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.647 billion Pontics are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Propast. The average income tax rate is 60.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pontic economy, worth 383 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 144,883 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Bike rage is all the rage, male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness', nobody is forced to join the armed forces, and wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Imperial Pontia's national animal is the Manticore, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lothric.

Imperial Pontia is ranked 46,790th in the world and 2,548th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,897.18 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 932ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,623rdTop
Most Influential: 2,432ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,929thMost Devout: 5,699thLargest Black Market: 6,393rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,417thTop
Most Developed: 10,418thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,049thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,552ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,617thBest Weather: 12,009thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,009thMost Cultured: 12,383rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,570thHealthiest Citizens: 12,839thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,060thHighest Average Incomes: 13,389thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,111thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,379thMost Inclusive: 15,212thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,885thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,012thMost Pacifist: 17,866thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,025th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 55th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 154th in the regionMost Devout: 204th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 305th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 378th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 485th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 567th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 580th in the regionMost Developed: 592nd in the regionMost Cultured: 605th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 615th in the regionBest Weather: 657th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 670th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 682nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 685th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 730th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 745th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 791st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 798th in the regionMost Influential: 827th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 828th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 833rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 865th in the regionMost Inclusive: 873rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 920th in the regionLargest Governments: 943rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 948th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Imperial Pontia's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Imperial Pontia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, the Top 5% for Most Corrupt Governments, and the Top 10% for Most Pacifist and Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Imperial Pontia, wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby.


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