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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 734thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 915thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 970th
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Surala

Population1.861 billion

CapitalIl Sura
LeaderGod-Emperor Talith
FaithTalithism

CurrencySu
AnimalDove

The Holy Empire of Surala is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by God-Emperor Talith with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.861 billion Suralans 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 Administration also on the agenda, while Social Policy is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Il Sura. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Suralan economy, worth 541 trillion Sus 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 an amazing 290,790 Sus, with the richest citizens earning 8.9 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional, aspiring authors begrudgingly help proofread issue submissions (Surala has found 2 easter eggs), sections of the police receive paramilitary training, and atheists on vacation find Talithism's scriptures make useful doorstops. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surala's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Talithism.

Surala is ranked 153,456th in the world and 318th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Average, scoring 22.99 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 734thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 915thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 970thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,000thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,315thTop
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Most Devout: 2,031stHighest Average Incomes: 2,088thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,093rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,551stLargest Black Market: 3,169thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,353rdLargest Governments: 3,768thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,825thLowest Crime Rates: 3,960thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,351stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,513thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,525thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,211thMost Developed: 6,372ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,139thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,257thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,264thMost Efficient Economies: 7,302ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,517thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,966thMost Cultured: 8,972ndMost Authoritarian: 9,676thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,692ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,984thSmartest Citizens: 11,022ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,038thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,997thLargest Mining Sector: 13,146thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,420thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,336thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,999thHealthiest Citizens: 16,935thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,214th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 29th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 35th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Surala, atheists on vacation find Talithism's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, aspiring authors begrudgingly help proofread issue submissions (Surala has found 2 easter eggs).
  • : Surala was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing God-Emperor Talith to cartoon bears.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Surala lodged a message on the The Land of Kings and Emperors Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Surala, immigrant Maxtopians are routinely sold on popular internet auction sites.

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