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Most Influential: 1,873rd Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,688th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,193rd
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Ultimate Byzantine

Population1.158 billion

LeaderArteaphous The Great
FaithOrthdox Christianity


The Karalkaz Republic of of Ultimate Byzantine is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Arteaphous The Great with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.158 billion Ultimate Byzantineans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byzanios. The average income tax rate is 47.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ultimate Byzantinean economy, worth 150 trillion Byzanics a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Woodchip Exports, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 129,916 Byzanics, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin, and ten-year-olds regularly found their own political parties. 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, and its national religion is Orthdox Christianity.

Ultimate Byzantine is ranked 108,934th in the world and 5,174th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring zero on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 1,873rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,688thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,193rdTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,238thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,107thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,036thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,324thMost Devout: 13,781stMost Developed: 14,230thHealthiest Citizens: 14,911thMost Inclusive: 15,069thMost Efficient Economies: 15,133rd
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 187th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 193rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 335th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 388th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 424th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 434th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 544th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 578th in the regionMost Devout: 602nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 621st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 658th in the regionMost Influential: 672nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 734th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 744th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 763rd in the region

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