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Most Secular: 491stLowest Crime Rates: 730thMost Developed: 1,115th
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Technology is the one truth that keeps us alive
Jameson King
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Tertania

Population5.157 billion

CapitalIsonphis
LeaderJameson King

CurrencyTertan
Animalraven

The Empire of Tertania is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Jameson King with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, pith helmet sales, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.157 billion Tertanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Isonphis. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Tertanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,269 trillion Tertans a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 246,219 Tertans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The aims of top-secret Tertanian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman, candidates for public office painstakingly research their family trees to ensure their eligibility, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, and critical thinking is grounds for expulsion from university. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tertania's national animal is the raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Tertania is ranked 24,772nd in the world and 79th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,994.95 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 491stLowest Crime Rates: 730thMost Developed: 1,115thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,341stHealthiest Citizens: 1,524thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,576thLargest Governments: 1,592ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,804thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,856thMost Influential: 2,044thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,056thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,112thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,170thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,347thSmartest Citizens: 2,353rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,358thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3,180thMost Efficient Economies: 3,372ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,459thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,553rdBest Weather: 3,555thHighest Average Incomes: 3,672ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,418thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,843rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,936thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,152ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,585thRudest Citizens: 7,367thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,430thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,120thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 13,784thHighest Economic Output: 14,085thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,627thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,714thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,478th
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Most Developed: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 32nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, critical thinking is grounds for expulsion from university.
  • : Tertania lodged a message on the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, candidates for public office painstakingly research their family trees to ensure their eligibility.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, the aims of top-secret Tertanian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, the Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, politicians are often seen attending regional history classes at primary schools within their constituencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, the general public only knows their favorite politician's first name.
  • : Following new legislation in Tertania, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations.

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