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Most Devout: 3,380th Most Conservative: 8,261st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8,294th
The Theocracy of
Authoritarian Democracy
Praise the Gods...or else
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Some

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Luminumbra

Population1.382 billion

CapitalLuminumbra Prime

CurrencyQuark
AnimalChromalis

The Theocracy of Luminumbra is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ritual sacrifices, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 1.382 billion Luminumbrans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luminumbra Prime. The average income tax rate is 79.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Luminumbran economy, worth 110 trillion Quarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 79,869 Quarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Attempted suicide is punishable by public hanging, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister, nobody ever seems to enter or leave the armour-plated flying castle that serves as the seat of government, and waste is frequently shipped to other countries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Luminumbra's national animal is the Chromalis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Luminumbra is ranked 69,971st in the world and 2,978th in Balder for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 73.56 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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5%
Most Devout: 3,380thMost Conservative: 8,261stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,294thTop
10%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,858thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,877thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,039thMost Authoritarian: 15,349thLowest Crime Rates: 17,221st
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Most Devout: 172nd in the regionMost Conservative: 221st in the regionTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 483rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 510th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Luminumbra's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Luminumbra's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Luminumbra's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Luminumbra's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Luminumbra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Luminumbra's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Luminumbra, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Luminumbra, nobody ever seems to enter or leave the armour-plated flying castle that serves as the seat of government.
  • : Following new legislation in Luminumbra, even the most lowly council pen-pusher has the same political power as a senior minister.
  • : Luminumbra was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Authoritarian Democracy".

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