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Most Influential: 2,874th Most Cheerful Citizens: 4,838th Most Inclusive: 5,568th
The Holy Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Make Steadham Great
Angela von Stroheim
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population1.871 billion

CapitalNew York
LeaderAngela von Stroheim


The Holy Empire of Steadham is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Angela von Stroheim with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 1.871 billion Steads have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New York. The average income tax rate is 84.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Steadhan economy, worth 206 trillion Watts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 110,621 Watts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Pretending to be prejudiced is a good way to get out of jury duty, statues of famous citizens are erected or demolished on a purely partisan basis, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, and the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Steadham's national animal is the Giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Steadham is ranked 154,817th in the world and 4,798th in Balder for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -5.33 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Influential: 2,874thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,838thMost Inclusive: 5,568thNicest Citizens: 6,418thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,980thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,420thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,416thMost Developed: 8,641stLargest Welfare Programs: 8,851stMost Efficient Economies: 9,146thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,929thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,858thMost Pacifist: 10,859thHealthiest Citizens: 11,110thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,317thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,603rdLowest Crime Rates: 12,202ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,682ndMost Secular: 13,510thBest Weather: 13,585thLargest Governments: 14,227thSmartest Citizens: 15,382ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,314th
Most Influential: 17th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 192nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 199th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 271st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 318th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 335th in the regionMost Developed: 351st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 352nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 391st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 414th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 469th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 506th in the region

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