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Most Secular: 707th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 875th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,145th
The Glorious Evolution of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For The Glorious Evolution
Wilhelm Winters Kell of Kells
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.574 billion

LeaderWilhelm Winters Kell of Kells
FaithThe Iron Banner

CurrencyIron Medallions
AnimalIron Wolf

The Glorious Evolution of Sthalrim is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Wilhelm Winters Kell of Kells with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.574 billion Iron Lords 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zaun. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 84.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Sthalrimian economy, worth 705 trillion Iron Medallions a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 274,217 Iron Medallions, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,074,911 per year while the poor average 47,597, a ratio of 22.6 to 1.

The "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments, large areas of Sthalrim are not accessible by the public, and the might of the entire Sthalrimian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sthalrim's national animal is the Iron Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Iron Banner.

Sthalrim is ranked 161,746th in the world and 7,332nd in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -217.63 on the Hayek Index.

Most Secular: 707thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 875thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,145thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,247thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,283rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,354thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,482ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,505thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,512thMost Influential: 1,620thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,119thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,192ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,434thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,474thLargest Black Market: 2,846thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,939thLowest Crime Rates: 3,088thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,090thLargest Retail Industry: 3,170thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,432ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,481stMost Avoided: 4,008thLargest Governments: 4,627thSmartest Citizens: 6,177thRudest Citizens: 6,236thLargest Mining Sector: 6,468thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 9,132ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,102ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,536thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,448thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,220th
Largest Insurance Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 31st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 34th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 43rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 47th in the regionLargest Black Market: 50th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 52nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 56th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 81st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 84th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 87th in the regionMost Avoided: 90th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 97th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Governments: 104th in the regionMost Influential: 118th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 118th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 159th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 180th in the regionRudest Citizens: 204th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 233rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 247th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 250th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 315th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 363rd in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 447th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 563rd in the regionMost Stationary: 598th in the regionMost Developed: 687th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 719th in the regionLargest Populations: 751st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the might of the entire Sthalrimian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, large areas of Sthalrim are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported.
  • : Sthalrim endorsed The Kingdom of Maxolonia.
  • : Sthalrim was endorsed by The Kingdom of Maxolonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, the nation's secret service is so secret that nobody knows if it has one.
  • : Following new legislation in Sthalrim, bargain-hunting is considered unpatriotic.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 125 » Erinor, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Luddinlande, Quiescent, Farengeto, Kringalia, Tsunamy, Belschaft, Sandaoguo, Havenfell, Drugged Monkeys, Curlyhoward, Si-topia, The Solar System Scope, Nowa Europa, Nova Montron, Jehenna, Aidenfieeld, South Caleblan, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Tsvetania, Wyatonians, Darakin, Utondara, The naked people, Lotadia, Aywhyou, United States of Vietnam, La Ascension, Escevola, Volaworand, Paranoia, Sedunn, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Pastir, Concrete Slab, Moreana, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Linguiniland, Rhetiaa, Saciu, New Briantown, Calistan, Jaxon, Yellunstryer, Vincent Field, The Sk8ing Unicorn, Potion Seller, and 75 others.Great Andora, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Atomic Garden, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, Lambdaland, Kerlodia, The National Corporation, Upper Usok Valley, Anachronolandia, Macrothea, Shengtie, Isokenzar, Barabarom, Grouu, Elveka, Noveos, Awjan, Transcostria, Qilai, Republitank, Cuuldere, Aguatania, Lorora3, Rabbitz, Whimichy, Xandev, Aurcania, Phanama, Darbor, Farrts, The Filippinas, Kroumos, Towi Lamia, Herbert Island, Midand, Mikole, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Zess, Uncomfortable nooks and crannies, Qairus, Birdkeeper, Commonwealth Of Astoria, Abarri, Nankyoku Tairiku, Otaku Trash, Ariankido, Maletora, Land Without Shrimp, Akindom, State of Iowa, North Prarie, Drystar, North Erfton, Wehraboos, USNE2018, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Academy of Umbrellas, Ostanasia, Republic Clovakh, The Dragon Enclave, Revanial, Agalaesia, Dasko, Pays de Loire, Slenrotros, San Anaben, Sesteran, Spearos, Chocholand, Staubsaugen, and Maxolonia.

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