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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,058th Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,531st Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,542nd
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
The Death Of democracy Will Start An Era Of Progress
Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.349 billion

LeaderErwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III


The Empire of Scherzinger is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III with an iron fist, and renowned for its aversion to nipples, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.349 billion Scherzingerians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, 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 ShangXiang. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Scherzingerian economy, worth 770 trillion Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 177,175 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list, there are no more heroes any more, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, and citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scherzinger's national animal is the Vulture, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Scherzinger is ranked 140,133rd in the world and 5,107th in the Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 5.14 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,058thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,531stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,542ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,175thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,476thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,548thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,633rdLowest Crime Rates: 3,660thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,523rdMost Secular: 5,110thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,458thMost Developed: 5,802ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,097thLargest Governments: 6,105thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,612thMost Influential: 6,625thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,067thMost Authoritarian: 7,079thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 7,719thMost Cultured: 7,885thHighest Average Incomes: 7,989thMost Efficient Economies: 8,140thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,337thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,568thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,739thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,795thSmartest Citizens: 10,069thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,226thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,855thBest Weather: 12,236thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,178thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,498thMost Conservative: 14,803rd
Most Influential: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 41st in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 73rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 81st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 85th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 97th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 98th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 105th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 112th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 150th in the regionLargest Governments: 150th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Developed: 155th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 160th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 171st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 176th in the regionMost Secular: 183rd in the regionMost Cultured: 190th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 207th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 211th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 238th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 240th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 251st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 252nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 254th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 265th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 275th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 308th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 344th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 355th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 371st in the regionLargest Populations: 437th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 535th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Scherzinger lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, there are no more heroes any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, cogitators and mass debaters are skiving off work to hang around the National Symposium Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Scherzinger, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards.
  • : Scherzinger was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Scherzinger published "History of The Emperors of Scherzinger" (Factbook: History).


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 3 » Jar Wattinree, Neuer Deutsches Reich, and East Durthang.

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