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Highest Poor Incomes: 376thLargest Black Market: 429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 633rd
The Ancient Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
From the Saint, Under the Star, For the Imperium
Emperor Lysander
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The United Vex Imperium

Population12.469 billion

CapitalImperial DC
LeaderEmperor Lysander
FaithImperial Cantalist Pluralism


The Ancient Empire of The United Vex Imperium is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Lysander with an even hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, vat-grown people, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 12.469 billion Imperials 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 medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial DC. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 5,188 trillion Talens 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Book Publishing. 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 416,114 Talens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs, revolutionaries only deal in CyanCatCoin, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, and Imperial tourists are banned from many nations due to their tendency to randomly explode. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The United Vex Imperium's national animal is the Gryphon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cantalist Pluralism.

The United Vex Imperium is ranked 99,519th in the world and 3rd in Tau for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 1,540.19 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 376thLargest Black Market: 429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 633rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 724thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 728thHighest Average Incomes: 811thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,050thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,062ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,242ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,740thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,782ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,795thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,949thLargest Governments: 2,062ndMost Developed: 2,079thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,104thMost Patriotic: 2,254thHighest Economic Output: 2,396thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,614thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,651stSmartest Citizens: 2,725thLargest Mining Sector: 2,866thMost Inclusive: 2,878thMost Efficient Economies: 3,194thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,209thRudest Citizens: 3,237thMost Secular: 3,909thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,173rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,357thLowest Crime Rates: 4,606thHighest Food Quality: 5,406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,391stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,503rdHealthiest Citizens: 8,544thLargest Retail Industry: 9,741stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,159thMost Cultured: 10,237thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,489thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,745thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,298thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,357thLargest Agricultural Sector: 22,541stLargest Populations: 25,791st

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