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Largest Agricultural Sector: 508thMost Developed: 672ndHighest Poor Incomes: 755th
The Imperium of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Power enables, Duty defines, Integrity binds
Antonius Pontibus
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population12.19 billion

LeaderAntonius Pontibus


The Imperium of Chalybea is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Antonius Pontibus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, infamous sell-swords, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.19 billion Chalybeans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ferrum. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Chalybean economy, worth a remarkable 3,199 trillion Denarii a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 262,437 Denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, protests are legal but strictly supervised, commercial ships often report keel and hull damage from coral reef impacts, and voters must frequently select what they view as the lesser of two evils on the ballot. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chalybea's national animal is the Lupus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Chalybea is ranked 1,336th in the world and 2nd in Fifth Empire for Most Secular, with 99.1 Atheism Rate.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 508thMost Developed: 672ndHighest Poor Incomes: 755thLongest Average Lifespans: 773rdHealthiest Citizens: 787thLowest Crime Rates: 946thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,038thMost Secular: 1,336thLargest Governments: 1,376thMost Cultured: 1,500thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,682ndSmartest Citizens: 1,788thMost Armed: 1,835thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,005thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,322ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,534thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,752ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,959thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,768thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,876thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,886thHighest Economic Output: 3,891stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,050thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,176thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,381stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,089thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,264thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,463rdMost Inclusive: 7,516thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,291stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,394thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,286thMost Income Equality: 11,718thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,385thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,968thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,298thMost Influential: 19,190thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,408thLargest Populations: 20,869th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, voters must frequently select what they view as the lesser of two evils on the ballot.
  • : Chalybea was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, commercial ships often report keel and hull damage from coral reef impacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, protests are legal but strictly supervised.
  • : Chalybea was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, the comic book series 'Antonius Pontibus and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Chalybea voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Syria".
  • : Chalybea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Chalybea, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 2 » Brazika and Atsuria.

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