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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 856thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,956thLargest Black Market: 5,122nd
The Eternal Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Peace, Freedom, Justice and Security
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder / President of the Holy Union of Empires
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Sideonia

Population10.724 billion

CapitalAhnvarrds
LeaderSacul
FaithSaculism

CurrencyZeht
AnimalPig

The Eternal Empire of Sideonia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Sacul with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, ritual sacrifices, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.724 billion Sidian are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ahnvarrds. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Sidan economy, worth 664 trillion Zehts 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 61,918 Zehts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections, every citizen sounds like a television news anchor, people queue for valets instead of parking spaces, and international organisations everywhere are united in their condemnation of the nation's zombified military (Sideonia has found 2 easter eggs). Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sideonia's national animal is the Pig, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Saculism.

Sideonia is ranked 260,763rd in the world and 5th in The Holy Union of Empires for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -17.8 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 856thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4,956thLargest Black Market: 5,122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,969thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 13,567thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,149thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,714thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,023rdLongest Average Lifespans: 21,964thMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,654thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24,664thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,031stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25,048thBest Weather: 25,925th

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