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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,046th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,031st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,859th
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

Population12.633 billion

LeaderKnight-Commander Cyrus Reticio


The Order of The Templar High Council is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Knight-Commander Cyrus Reticio with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 12.633 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 89.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Templaric economy, worth a remarkable 1,210 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 95,855 Crosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, concussed Assassinball players cannot remember their lineup position, and people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety. 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 41,176th in the world and 11th in The Council of The Multiverse for Healthiest Citizens, with 4.48 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,046thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,031stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,859thMost Devout: 2,994thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,439thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,051stMost Stationary: 6,254thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,434thMost Influential: 7,045thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,100thLowest Crime Rates: 8,690thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,438thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,972ndLargest Governments: 10,984thHighest Economic Output: 11,148thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,288thLargest Populations: 14,385th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the region

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