|Leader||Kaiser William Metcalfe|
The Empire of Metcalfer2 is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Kaiser William Metcalfe with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.805 billion Metcalferns are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.
The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anklyo city. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.8%.
The all-consuming Metcalfer2ian economy, worth a remarkable 1,204 trillion Marks 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. 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 impressive 177,022 Marks, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.
The government is avowedly secular, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements, neighbouring countries pay to situate their nuclear power plants in Metcalfer2, and books are so highly regarded in Metcalfer2 that libraries are often revered as holy shrines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Metcalfer2's national animal is the Hydra, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Metcalfern Anglican.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Metcalfer2 published "Metcalfern Bioweapons part two (Botanical and Entomological)" (Factbook: Military).
- : Metcalfer2 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
- : Metcalfer2's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
- : Metcalfer2 published "The Territory of the Metcalfern Empire (circa 2019)" (Factbook: Geography).
- : Metcalfer2 published "Metcalfern WMD’s: Nuclear, Radiological and Other" (Factbook: Military).
- : Metcalfer2 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Information Technology Sector, Most Advanced Public Education, and Most Advanced Public Transport.
- : Metcalfer2 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
- : Metcalfer2's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
- : Metcalfer2 published "Map of the Metcalfern Empire circa 1985" (Factbook: Geography).
- : Metcalfer2 lodged a message on the Balder Regional Message Board.