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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5,767thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,782ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,086th
The Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Et magna Orientis Imperium
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Palmyrene

Population2.855 billion

CapitalPalmyra
LeaderSeptimius Odaenathus

CurrencyAntoninianus
AnimalHermit Ibis

The Empire of Palmyrene is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Septimius Odaenathus with an even hand, and notable for its digital currency, keen interest in outer space, and feral children. The hard-nosed population of 2.855 billion Palmyrenes are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palmyra. The average income tax rate is 50.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Palmyrenean economy, worth 401 trillion Antoninianuses 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. 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 140,486 Antoninianuses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Father of the House has been in office just shy of a fortnight, statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers, and Palmyrenean watches list strained wrists as a common side effect. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Palmyrene's national animal is the Hermit Ibis, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Palmyrene is ranked 57,147th in the world and 76th in 21st Century Rome for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 185,742.57 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5,767thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,782ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,086thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,216thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,081stMost Influential: 10,188thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,994thTop
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Most Developed: 11,538thLargest Black Market: 11,630thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,942ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,398thMost Secular: 15,386thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,521stSmartest Citizens: 15,614thHighest Average Incomes: 15,798thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,554thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,808thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,843rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,344thLargest Insurance Industry: 17,479thMost Cultured: 18,293rdMost Corrupt Governments: 18,601stMost Beautiful Environments: 18,947thLowest Crime Rates: 20,446thMost Efficient Economies: 20,819thNudest: 22,319th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, Palmyrenean watches list strained wrists as a common side effect.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families.
  • : Palmyrene voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Restrictions On Blood Sports".
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, the Father of the House has been in office just shy of a fortnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, boats straying just metres away from the shore will raise the ire of the Coast Guard.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Palmyrene, a referendum must be held in order for any new law to be passed.

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