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Most Devout: 2,314thMost Influential: 2,743rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,368th
The Secret Saint of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Et Usque In Aeternum Semper
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Oriental Empire

Population3.72 billion

LeaderAlexios de Lusignan Palaiologos
FaithOriental Orthodoxy

AnimalBranta ruficollis

The Secret Saint of The Oriental Empire is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Alexios de Lusignan Palaiologos with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.72 billion Orientals are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 84.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oriental economy, worth 602 trillion Histamenons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,956 Histamenons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers, adverts depict men giving birth while cursing the women who got them into trouble, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, and travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Oriental Empire's national animal is the Branta ruficollis, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Oriental Orthodoxy.

The Oriental Empire is ranked 5,015th in the world and 72nd in Europe for Lowest Crime Rates, with 108.52 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Most Devout: 2,314thMost Influential: 2,743rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,368thLowest Crime Rates: 5,015thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,066thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,381stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,835thMost Efficient Economies: 6,011thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,938thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,976thMost Developed: 8,324thLargest Governments: 8,579thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,996thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,616thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,033rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,085thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,689thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,773rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,827thSmartest Citizens: 12,550thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,663rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,586thMost Cultured: 17,427thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,632ndLargest Publishing Industry: 18,014thHealthiest Citizens: 18,272ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,610thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,101st
Most Devout: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 44th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 55th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 71st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 72nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 86th in the region

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