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Most Devout: 2,997thMost Authoritarian: 13,716thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,615th
The Holy Order of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Servite et Protege
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Rare

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Knights Mare Nostrum

Population5.185 billion

CapitalValetta
LeaderGrandmaster Baldassar Cagliares
FaithNostrumic Catholicism

Currencydenarius
Animalpegasus

The Holy Order of Knights Mare Nostrum is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, zero percent divorce rate, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 5.185 billion Nostrumiae are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Administration and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valetta. The average income tax rate is 41.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Nostrumic economy, worth 230 trillion denarii a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 44,543 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The 'sing-a-long with Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares' album is a popular souvenir, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes, Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares wears a chewed-up rubber chicken suit to meet foreign delegates, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Knights Mare Nostrum's national animal is the pegasus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Nostrumic Catholicism.

Knights Mare Nostrum is ranked 58,783rd in the world and 1,251st in Lazarus for Most Influential, scoring 347 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Devout: 2,997thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 13,716thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,615thLargest Black Market: 19,927thLargest Mining Sector: 20,338th
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Most Devout: 144th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 540th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Knights Mare Nostrum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares wears a chewed-up rubber chicken suit to meet foreign delegates.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, the 'sing-a-long with Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares' album is a popular souvenir.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, the government loves seeing the little people fight.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Pegasus'.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, referenda are banned by law and the Parliament has absolute control of the legislative process.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go.

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