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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,557th Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,594th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,697th
The Guardians of
Iron Fist Consumerists
حكم مع النخيل مفتوحة.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Ishtar

Population4.709 billion

CapitalUruk
LeaderSaelvall
FaithAncient Semitic

CurrencyForeigner
AnimalRaven

The Guardians of Ishtar is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Saelvall with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, anti-smoking policies, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.709 billion Ishtarians 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Spirituality are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Uruk. The average income tax rate is 62.6%.

The powerhouse Ishtarian economy, worth 542 trillion Foreigners a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Trout Farming, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 115,238 Foreigners, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction, visions of giant pink Ravens are a common side effect after Ishtarians eat their meals, many aides in Saelvall's office are known to be serial jaywalkers, and the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Ishtar's national animal is the Raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ancient Semitic.

Ishtar is ranked 167,142nd in the world and 347th in Dawn for Smartest Citizens, with 0.55 Quips Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,557thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,594thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,697thLargest Black Market: 3,678thMost Devout: 4,772ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,702ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,722ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,276thTop
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Best Weather: 8,627thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,089thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,332ndLargest Mining Sector: 10,112thMost Authoritarian: 11,188thLowest Crime Rates: 11,484thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,414thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,908th
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Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ishtar's influence in Dawn rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Ishtar created a custom banner.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, many aides in Saelvall's office are known to be serial jaywalkers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, visions of giant pink Ravens are a common side effect after Ishtarians eat their meals.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishtar, janitors and factory workers are often better educated than the bosses they work for.
  • : Ishtar's influence in Dawn rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Ishtar's influence in Dawn rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".

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