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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 650th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 974th Most Influential: 1,478th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Damned if I do, Damned if I don't
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Holy Empire of Imperial Pontia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Atheris with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 1.535 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, well-organized 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 56.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Pontic economy, worth 209 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,415 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Pontic Space Agency, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue, Manticores are considered a delicacy, and artists are pillars of society. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Imperial Pontia's national animal is the Manticore, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Lothric.

Imperial Pontia is ranked 125,372nd in the world and 6,247th in The North Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.18 Weapons Per Person.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 650thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 974thMost Influential: 1,478thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,314thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,584thMost Devout: 5,197thTop
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Largest Black Market: 7,892ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,126thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,255thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,055thMost Developed: 10,097thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,421stBest Weather: 12,202ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,598thMost Cultured: 13,506thMost Efficient Economies: 13,747thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,953rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,216thHighest Average Incomes: 14,385thMost Inclusive: 14,491stMost Beautiful Environments: 14,990th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 24th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 108th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 120th in the regionLargest Black Market: 172nd in the regionMost Devout: 186th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 296th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 458th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 460th in the regionMost Influential: 507th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 518th in the regionMost Developed: 528th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 552nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 583rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 614th in the regionMost Cultured: 632nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 635th in the regionBest Weather: 637th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 659th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 735th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 738th in the region

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