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Most Primitive: 411thMost Ignorant Citizens: 960thMost Devout: 2,825th
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
God, Folk, Family
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Altarium

Population518 million

CapitalAltarion

CurrencyHeretic Ears
AnimalEagle

The Holy Empire of The Altarium is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, prohibition of alcohol, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 518 million Altarians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Altarion. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.0%.

The strong Altarian economy, worth 40.5 trillion Heretic Ears a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 78,182 Heretic Ears, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 305,872 per year while the poor average 13,613, a ratio of 22.5 to 1.

Officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, Jennifer Government is banned, and preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The Altarium's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Altarium is ranked 21,092nd in the world and 67th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Armed, with 2.74 Weapons Per Person.

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Most Primitive: 411thMost Ignorant Citizens: 960thTop
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Most Devout: 2,825thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,004thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,023rdMost Influential: 6,640thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,963rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,203rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,385thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 10,970thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,152ndMost Conservative: 13,294thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,358thBest Weather: 17,323rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,529th
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Most Primitive: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 20th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 46th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Altarium was endorsed by The Dictatorship of Volantrum.
  • : The Altarium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : The Altarium endorsed The Grand Socialist States of Blutiges Imperium.
  • : Following new legislation in The Altarium, preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime.
  • : Following new legislation in The Altarium, Jennifer Government is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in The Altarium, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in The Altarium, officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high.
  • : The Altarium voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Pars".
  • : Following new legislation in The Altarium, a proud mining community is considering a rebellion after the Capital officially renamed them 'District XII'.
  • : The Altarium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.

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