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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 181stLargest Insurance Industry: 198thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 233rd
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
TERRA REGUM IMPERATORUMQUE TOTUM MUNDUM REGET
Hair Broom
Influence
Squire
Emperor Emeritus
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Onderkelkia

Population30.48 billion

CapitalInginas
LeaderHair Broom
FaithThe Worship of Zeus and Hades

CurrencySovereign
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Empire of Onderkelkia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Hair Broom with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, triple-decker prams, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.48 billion Onderkelkians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Inginas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Onderkelkian economy, worth an astonishing 10,539 trillion Sovereigns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 345,770 Sovereigns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Infantry are nicknamed "mushrooms" because they get fed crap and are left in the dark, garbage bags floating down the river are churned up by man-made rapids, the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in The Land of Kings and Emperors, and children are encouraged to fail at school so as not to appear too enlightened. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Onderkelkia's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Worship of Zeus and Hades.

Onderkelkia is ranked 228,792nd in the world and 574th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1.01 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 181stLargest Insurance Industry: 198thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 233rdLargest Gambling Industry: 249thMost Avoided: 269thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 313thFattest Citizens: 361stMost Ignorant Citizens: 398thHighest Economic Output: 399thHighest Disposable Incomes: 400thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 478thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 512thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 557thMost Valuable International Artwork: 643rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 679thLargest Agricultural Sector: 721stLargest Mining Sector: 749thMost Corrupt Governments: 853rdMost Devout: 881stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 981stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,023rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,037thHighest Average Incomes: 1,262ndRudest Citizens: 1,905thLargest Populations: 2,107thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,393rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,006thMost Armed: 3,304thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,554thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,702ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,713thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,336thMost Efficient Economies: 8,149thMost Influential: 8,708thLargest Black Market: 9,169thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,893rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,093rdLowest Crime Rates: 14,531stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,909thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,296thMost Conservative: 20,420thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,167th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 35th in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 42nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 52nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 55th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Onderkelkia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, children are encouraged to fail at school so as not to appear too enlightened.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in The Land of Kings and Emperors.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, garbage bags floating down the river are churned up by man-made rapids.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, infantry are nicknamed "mushrooms" because they get fed crap and are left in the dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, studio executives abandon tragic stories of star-crossed lovers because "it's been done".
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Onderkelkia, several inches are being added to first class seating.

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