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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 84th Most Influential: 331st Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 341st
The Sawtooth Badlands of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Now you have something to die for, whelp!
Warchieftain Carolus of Stygia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Black Cathedral

Population1.259 billion

LeaderWarchieftain Carolus of Stygia
FaithBlackened Orthodoxy

CurrencyCathedrelian Rouble

The Sawtooth Badlands of The Black Cathedral is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Warchieftain Carolus of Stygia with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.259 billion Cathedrelians 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ivaretsk. The average income tax rate is 76.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cathedrelian economy, worth 277 trillion Cathedrelian Roubles 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 220,414 Cathedrelian Roubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government is a law unto itself, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, thousands of cute furry kittens are trampling everything in their path (The Black Cathedral has found 7 easter eggs), and Cathedrelian politicians spend a lot of time praising East Lebatuckese policies these days. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Cathedral's national animal is the Kodiak, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Blackened Orthodoxy.

The Black Cathedral is ranked 1,124th in the world and 42nd in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 25,341.28 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 84thMost Influential: 331stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 341stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 488thMost Devout: 578thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,124thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,421stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,656thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,822ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,128thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,135thMost Avoided: 2,273rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,931stMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,971stLargest Black Market: 3,292ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,715thHighest Average Incomes: 4,207thFattest Citizens: 4,504thMost Conservative: 4,853rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,943rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,215thTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,404thLowest Crime Rates: 10,046thLargest Governments: 11,132ndMost Primitive: 15,762ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,850thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,012thMost Armed: 17,491st
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Devout: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 42nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 43rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 45th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 59th in the regionMost Avoided: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 70th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 101st in the regionMost Influential: 105th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 108th in the regionFattest Citizens: 140th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 142nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 144th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 152nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 191st in the regionMost Conservative: 304th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 311th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 489th in the regionLargest Governments: 537th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 580th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 717th in the regionMost Armed: 719th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 772nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 814th in the regionMost Primitive: 925th in the region

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