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Most Secular: 486th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 601st Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,186th
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The Anathema

Population10.973 billion

Leaderthe Emperor

CurrencyThrone Gelt
AnimalThunder Wolf

The Empire of The Anathema is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Emperor with an iron fist, and notable for its digital currency, pith helmet sales, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.973 billion Imperials 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Healthcare, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Demus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Anatheman economy, worth a remarkable 3,185 trillion Throne Gelts a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 290,259 Throne Gelts, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 864,318 per year while the poor average 76,375, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

Little girls are in tears as the Emperor confiscates their pink princess ballgowns, terrorists who are 17th cousins with the ex-wives of half-brothers of citizens are now exempt from the immigration ban, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news, and the government is funding experimental battery technology while the power grid continues to crumble. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Anathema's national animal is the Thunder Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Anathema is ranked 7,798th in the world and 28th in Wintreath for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, scoring 6,349.96 on the Theresa-Nightingale Rating.

Most Secular: 486thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 601stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,307thHealthiest Citizens: 1,429thMost Developed: 1,515thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,519thBest Weather: 1,542ndMost Influential: 1,626thSmartest Citizens: 1,683rdTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,728thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,782ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,807thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,844thHighest Average Incomes: 1,856thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,915thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,941stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,176thLargest Retail Industry: 2,339thLowest Crime Rates: 2,443rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,495thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,524thLargest Black Market: 2,930thHighest Economic Output: 3,281stMost Cultured: 3,385thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,032ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,147thLargest Governments: 4,855thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,389thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,311thMost Stationary: 6,445thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,505thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,798thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,849thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,371stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,081stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,613thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,765thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,824thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,627th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 32nd in the region

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