by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 985th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,055th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,751st
The Order of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In War, Victory|In Peace, Vigilance|In Death, Sacrifice
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Templar High Council

Population10.429 billion

LeaderKnight-Commander Cyrus Reticio


The Order of The Templar High Council is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Knight-Commander Cyrus Reticio with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 10.429 billion Templars have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rosewall. The average income tax rate is 89.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Templaric economy, worth 998 trillion Crosses a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 95,776 Crosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, and concussed Assassinball players cannot remember their lineup position. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Templar High Council's national animal is the Assassin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Templar High Council is ranked 141,914th in the world and 10th in The Council of The Multiverse for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -6.9 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 985thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,055thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,751stMost Devout: 2,991stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,019thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,456thMost Influential: 7,091stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,258thMost Stationary: 7,417thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,751stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,432ndLargest Governments: 11,362ndHighest Economic Output: 12,347thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,845thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,159th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the region

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