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Most Primitive: 197thMost Ignorant Citizens: 359thMost Devout: 449th
The Glorious Principalities of
Psychotic Dictatorship
United under the stars
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Maident

Population4.613 billion

CapitalNew Stella
LeaderGrand Princess Selene XI
FaithStella Cultus

CurrencyShoul
AnimalOwl

The Glorious Principalities of The Maident is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Princess Selene XI with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, lack of airports, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.613 billion Miads are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Stella. The average income tax rate is 93.7%.

The strong Miadian economy, worth 505 trillion Shouls a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Furniture Restoration and Basket Weaving. 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 109,615 Shouls, with the richest citizens earning 5.3 times as much as the poorest.

The Maident is increasingly belligerent on the international stage, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, missionaries learn the hard way that their piercing spiritual insights are no match for arrows, and politicians look weirdly alike. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Maident's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Stella Cultus.

The Maident is ranked 244,574th in the world and 10,847th in Lazarus for Safest, scoring 4.78 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Primitive: 197thMost Ignorant Citizens: 359thMost Devout: 449thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 607thBest Weather: 1,565thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,966thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,178thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,228thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 3,019thLargest Black Market: 3,369thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,082ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,187thNudest: 7,270thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,789thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,337thMost Authoritarian: 11,868thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,921stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,950thTop
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Largest Governments: 15,751stMost Conservative: 16,775thLowest Crime Rates: 20,664thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,450th
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Most Primitive: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25th in the regionBest Weather: 54th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 108th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 116th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 116th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 141st in the regionLargest Black Market: 173rd in the regionNudest: 310th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 310th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 321st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 368th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 386th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 478th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 665th in the regionMost Conservative: 686th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 803rd in the regionLargest Governments: 919th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Maident's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Maident's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : The Maident's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : The Maident's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : The Maident was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, Most Authoritarian, and Most Valuable International Artwork and the Top 10% for Most Conservative and Lowest Crime Rates.

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