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Most Advanced Public Transport: 638th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 688th Largest Welfare Programs: 741st
The Emirate of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Nation in Service to God
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.101 billion

LeaderEmir Ishmael bin Abdullah


The Emirate of Mahdistan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emir Ishmael bin Abdullah with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 10.101 billion Mahdistanis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hassan. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Mahdistani economy, worth a remarkable 1,312 trillion Dinars a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 129,925 Dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There is a law against "filthy foreign food", fireworks and other big bangs are forbidden during the newest public holiday, garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau', and male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mahdistan's national animal is the Bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Islam.

Mahdistan is ranked 27,863rd in the world and 16th in United Empire of Islam for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 176.84 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 638thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 688thLargest Welfare Programs: 741stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,114thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,406thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,654thTop
Most Devout: 1,850thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,689thNicest Citizens: 2,731stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,975thLargest Governments: 2,975thMost Pacifist: 3,333rdBest Weather: 3,505thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,707thLowest Crime Rates: 3,748thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,062ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,094thMost Cultured: 4,479thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,551stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,917thHealthiest Citizens: 4,968thMost Developed: 5,293rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,343rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,456thMost Stationary: 7,124thSafest: 7,237thMost Income Equality: 7,282ndMost Inclusive: 7,456thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,650thTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,609thMost Influential: 11,436thSmartest Citizens: 12,206thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,641stMost Rebellious Youth: 16,781st
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Mahdistan's influence in United Empire of Islam fell from "Envoy" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Mahdistan's influence in United Empire of Islam rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Mahdistan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Mahdistan was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The islamic union of pakistan, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Mahdistan was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Islamic Republic of The Pakistani Federation, curing 1 million infected.


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