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Most Devout: 4,055th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,047th Most Cheerful Citizens: 9,739th
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Nihil Sine Deo
Kaiser Wilhelm von Wermarn-Arnburg
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.409 billion

LeaderKaiser Wilhelm von Wermarn-Arnburg

CurrencyPound Sterling

The Holy Empire of Selven is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm von Wermarn-Arnburg with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, anti-smoking policies, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 10.409 billion Bunische 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Selvensburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.8%.

The powerhouse Selvenian economy, worth 782 trillion Pound Sterlings a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 75,170 Pound Sterlings, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

Gigantic marble churches take up almost half the land area of small villages, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, and the nation is currently revamping its entire education system. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Selven's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Selven is ranked 9,047th in the world and 3rd in The Holy Reich of Bunicken for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 6,569.83 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Devout: 4,055thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,047thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,739thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,568thLargest Black Market: 12,594thHealthiest Citizens: 13,084thBest Weather: 14,692ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,259thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,769thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,940th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the region

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