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Ultimate Byzantine

Population894 million

LeaderArteaphous The Great


The Kingdom of Ultimate Byzantine is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Arteaphous The Great with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, prohibition of alcohol, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 894 million Ultimate Byzantineans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byzanios. The average income tax rate is 39.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ultimate Byzantinean economy, worth 112 trillion Byzanics a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Woodchip Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 125,680 Byzanics, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", Arteaphous The Great can often be seen hanging around playgrounds chatting with the kids, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing Arteaphous The Great to cartoon bears, and dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ultimate Byzantine's national animal is the BYZANTINE Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ultimate Byzantine is ranked 45,271st in the world and 2,219th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 117.98 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 804thTop
Most Influential: 1,683rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,184thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,947thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,557thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10,234thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,118thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,181stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,832ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,867thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,198thMost Developed: 15,946thMost Inclusive: 16,218thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,279th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 180th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 318th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 334th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 368th in the regionLargest Black Market: 398th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 435th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 532nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 567th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 618th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 651st in the regionMost Influential: 667th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 749th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 751st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 792nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 798th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 838th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 141 » Lungha, Shin-Hachioji, PlanetPunk, Corfad, Great Bights Mum, Gladio II, Agrauron, Diodone, Kwaj, Selfgradatude, Bayern-Straubing, Mzeusia, Universal State Formula, Notyoutopia, Atain, Territorio di Nessuno, Pallaith, Old Republic of Greece, Holy Oranz, Midds Conia, Deerfenland, Amestris-Britannia, Illusia and Neverendia, Puczovska, North Armatas, Yaorozu, Yaris, Guyomartand, British Bayonet, McMasterdonia, Confederation of Independent Colonies, Wineclaw, A Terribly Charismatic Duck, Shadowrik, Sunto, The Austro Germanic Union, Wodan, Great Solordia, Mirandako Herri Errepublika, Xystopia, Braussland, Edwerlantin, SillyString, Triekru, Frances Francis the First of France, Occam and Plato, The Akhara Islands, Insemme Nation, Misthas, Siwale, and 91 others.East Supple Lund, Atheenos, TerranulliuZ, Omicron Persei V111, Ka Ching, Thenaca, Zyvetskistaahn, The Iron Lions, Unimaginable Doom, Buckerino, Mordant99, Paxiosolange, Pizza Squared, Albacria, Shibutani, Ozstan, Grand Europa Imperium, Ruf Old, Diche Choklate, Itallitopia, Q w e r t y, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Kingdom of Space, Western Vapia, Voznesheim, AGoodPlace, Underground Techno, Californian Redwood, Neo-Philadelphia, THX1138, Viridiann, Guslantis, General COE, Yukti, Sil Dorsett, Malta Comino Gozo, New Seaview Cove, Govornia, Republic remmnant, Constantinolia, Northern Glory, Painisia, Moubarakistan, The Windmilluminati, Llwy, HMS Unicorn, Centrall America, Former English Colony, Sheppey, Victoriaans Nederlands, Kylesburgh, Killbear, Koda-Land, Amerian States, The Pantheons, Holy Trinity 2015, Highton Islands, Bonjoura, United Draconia, Apetopia, Pauxia, Soviet Terran, The FNBs, DabsForDays, The Gamer Party, Ophreau, Empy, Greater Hellenic Byzantium, Tredano, Eravonia, Deropia, Whereisthatistan, Racoda, Sacrento, Sanjurika, Jest Xerces, Islansia Caliphate, Avemterra, Zeternia, Sundred, Liberentis, Astal Aavors, The Mace Kingdom, Varagog, Wildthorne, Ethnon, Alsace and Lorraine United, Lorigia, Waterma, I am the one who knocks, and Chamocha.

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