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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 907th Most Influential: 1,459th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,690th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Damned if I do, Damned if I don't
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Holy Empire of Imperial Pontia is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Atheris with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.199 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 318 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 18,749th in the world and 871st in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,746.35 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 907thMost Influential: 1,459thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,690thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,991stMost Devout: 5,303rdLargest Black Market: 6,766thMost Efficient Economies: 8,443rdMost Corrupt Governments: 9,026thTop
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Most Developed: 9,855thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,809thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,195thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,313thBest Weather: 11,451stLongest Average Lifespans: 12,053rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,217thMost Cultured: 12,346thHealthiest Citizens: 12,758thHighest Average Incomes: 12,858thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,291stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,708thMost Inclusive: 15,135thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,929thMost Pacifist: 16,962nd
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 62nd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 122nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 145th in the regionMost Devout: 184th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 278th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 315th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 442nd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 543rd in the regionMost Developed: 549th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 554th in the regionMost Influential: 560th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 593rd in the regionMost Cultured: 593rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 610th in the regionBest Weather: 616th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 651st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 678th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 686th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 708th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 789th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 871st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 891st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 898th in the regionLargest Governments: 901st in the regionMost Inclusive: 906th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 913th in the regionMost Pacifist: 936th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 942nd in the region

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