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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 140thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 227th
The Sawtooth Badlands of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Feed them to the grinding wheel!
Warchieftain Carolus Ironhorse
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The Black Cathedral

Population3.98 billion

LeaderWarchieftain Carolus Ironhorse
FaithBlackened Orthodoxy


The Sawtooth Badlands of The Black Cathedral is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Warchieftain Carolus Ironhorse with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.98 billion Sawteeth 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, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ephyra. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Sawtooth economy, worth a remarkable 1,605 trillion Gallons a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 403,492 Gallons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls, practically perfect royal toddlers tend to say "regrettably not at this juncture" rather than "no", taking hostages is a great way to influence government policy, and workers can choose whether they prefer offices that smell of pungent body odor or whale vomit. 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 Gormling, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Blackened Orthodoxy.

The Black Cathedral is ranked 707th in the world and 1st in Founderless for Highest Average Incomes, with 403,492.81 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 140thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 227thMost Devout: 262ndMost Corrupt Governments: 493rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 503rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 555thLargest Mining Sector: 662ndHighest Average Incomes: 707thMost Armed: 754thLargest Agricultural Sector: 823rdLargest Black Market: 978thMost Avoided: 1,277thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,385thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,497thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,792ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,940thMost Influential: 1,953rdTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,140thLargest Governments: 2,521stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,748thLowest Crime Rates: 2,933rdFattest Citizens: 3,135thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,468thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,766thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,356thMost Efficient Economies: 4,701stMost Conservative: 5,668thRudest Citizens: 7,239thHighest Economic Output: 9,732ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,900thTop
Most Authoritarian: 11,516thLargest Retail Industry: 14,225thMost Developed: 15,397thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,728thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,800thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,961st
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the region

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