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Most Primitive: 111th Most Ignorant Citizens: 191st Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 228th
The Royal Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the ISA & The Royal Family
Emperor Tex Cotton
Influence
Power
Founder
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Imperial States America

Population9.628 billion

CapitalNew Richmond
LeaderEmperor Tex Cotton
FaithChurch of ISA

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalMini elephant

The Royal Empire of Imperial States America is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Tex Cotton with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, complete lack of prisons, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.628 billion Imperialists are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Education receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Richmond. The average income tax rate is 89.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial States American economy, worth a remarkable 2,185 trillion Imperial Credits 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 227,011 Imperial Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Oddly simian-looking religious thugs beat up anyone who suggests humans are related to monkeys, science labs across the country languish in cobwebs as the government turns its attentions to spiritual matters, scholars are leaving the country at an alarming rate, and the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Imperial States America's national animal is the Mini elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of ISA.

Imperial States America is ranked 168,623rd in the world and 7th in United Imperial Union for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -524.92 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Primitive: 111thMost Ignorant Citizens: 191stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 228thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 326thMost Devout: 345thLargest Black Market: 423rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 861stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,169thLargest Mining Sector: 1,235thMost Conservative: 1,253rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,417thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,037thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,687thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,127thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,185thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,432ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,882ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,931stMost Avoided: 4,499thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,571stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,149thHighest Economic Output: 5,506thMost Authoritarian: 5,767thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,316thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,590thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,135thLargest Governments: 8,194thTop
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Best Weather: 11,095thMost Influential: 11,410thLowest Crime Rates: 11,981stMost Stationary: 13,792ndMost Extreme: 14,215thMost Efficient Economies: 15,718thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,831st

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