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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,807th Most Ignorant Citizens: 7,053rd Most Conservative: 7,393rd
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Strength Through Compliance
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Holy Empire of Saint Marquis is a tiny, orderly nation, remarkable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and restrictive gun laws. The cynical, devout population of 10 million Saint Marquisians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 39.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Saint Marquisian economy, worth 397 billion bitcoins a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 39,741 bitcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

All telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, and people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saint Marquis's national animal is the swan.

Saint Marquis is ranked 123,483rd in the world and 147th in Lands End for Most Armed, with 0.19 Weapons Per Person.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,807thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,053rdMost Conservative: 7,393rdTop
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Most Authoritarian: 8,220th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saint Marquis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Saint Marquis's influence in Lands End rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Saint Marquis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian and the Top 10% for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, the internet has been placed under government control.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-bitcoin charge on their phone bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint Marquis, banana distribution among collective farm workers is an important topic in public discourse.

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