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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 99th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 612th Most Influential: 645th
The Holy Blessed Orthodoxy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Such a brave heart, but you'll never be one of us.
His Holiness Tzar Carolus of Stygia
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Black Cathedral

Population924 million

LeaderHis Holiness Tzar Carolus of Stygia

CurrencyCathedrelian Rouble

The Holy Blessed Orthodoxy of The Black Cathedral is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by His Holiness Tzar Carolus of Stygia with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 924 million 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, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ivaretsk. The average income tax rate is 69.4%.

The all-consuming Cathedrelian economy, worth 163 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. 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 impressive 176,564 Cathedrelian Roubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Ritual mummification is making a comeback, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. 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.

The Black Cathedral is ranked 171,774th in the world and 8,991st in The North Pacific for Most Secular, with 0.95 Atheism Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 99thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 612thMost Influential: 645thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 921stMost Devout: 974thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,456thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,010thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,484thMost Primitive: 2,689thMost Avoided: 2,902ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,925thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,733rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,102ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,475thLargest Black Market: 4,974thMost Armed: 4,995thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,452ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,208thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,948thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,594thMost Authoritarian: 11,704thMost Conservative: 14,215thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,417thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,812th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the regionMost Devout: 40th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 44th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 82nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 87th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 97th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 109th in the regionMost Primitive: 110th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 128th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 153rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 160th in the regionMost Armed: 180th in the regionMost Influential: 236th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 318th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 345th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 389th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 433rd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 592nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 720th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 748th in the regionLargest Governments: 874th in the regionMost Conservative: 890th in the region

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