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Most Conservative: 3,766thMost Devout: 7,309thMost Authoritarian: 8,460th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
All will find salvation through the seven
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Quod lux benedixitque

Population144 million


The Holy Empire of Quod lux benedixitque is a very large, orderly nation, notable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 144 million Faithfully are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 75.6%.

The sizeable but inefficient a member of the faith economy, worth 5.99 trillion rupees a year, is quite specialized and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 41,581 rupees, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, glassy-eyed a member of the faith wives lifelessly chant "I love you" on command, the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father", and the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Quod lux benedixitque's national animal is the Fox, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Quod lux benedixitque is ranked 109,215th in the world and 18th in The Great North for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 627.95 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Conservative: 3,766thMost Devout: 7,309thMost Authoritarian: 8,460thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 12,321stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,956thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,737thMost Primitive: 20,321st
Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the region

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