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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 504thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 789thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 935th
The Black Imperium of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Do you hear the Gods screaming? Isn't it beautiful?
Emperor Carus Astra
Influence
Superpower
Founder / Interior Emperor
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Greater Union of Man

Population1.86 billion

CapitalMesopolis
LeaderEmperor Carus Astra
FaithThe Imperial Cult

CurrencyCredit
AnimalPhoenix

The Black Imperium of The Greater Union of Man is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Carus Astra with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, ritual sacrifices, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.86 billion Imperials are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mesopolis. The average income tax rate is 80.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth 442 trillion Credits 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 237,965 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire, and Imperials caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Greater Union of Man's national animal is the Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Imperial Cult.

The Greater Union of Man is ranked 120,079th in the world and 10th in The Imperial Union for Most Ignorant Citizens, with 2.24 Missed References Per Hour.

Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 504thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 789thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 935thMost Armed: 1,743rdTop
5%
Most Devout: 2,159thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,219thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,225thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,297thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,383rdLargest Black Market: 2,742ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,803rdMost Conservative: 3,987thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,785thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,016thMost Avoided: 5,037thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,310thMost Authoritarian: 5,675thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,062ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,318thMost Cultured: 7,685thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,035thLargest Mining Sector: 8,640thTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,221stLargest Governments: 10,697thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,523rdMost Extreme: 15,041stLongest Average Lifespans: 15,139thMost Developed: 15,308thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,626thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,005th
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10%
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, Imperials caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, all artwork is carefully screened for offensive material.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Greater Union of Man, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : The Greater Union of Man was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.

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