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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 225thMost Devout: 542ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 838th
The Most Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Leo II, Gratia Dei, Imperator Sanctus, Fidei Defensor
Influence
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Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Marlborostein

Population9.68 billion

CapitalJericho
LeaderHis Imperial Holiness Paul III
FaithMarlborosteinian Imperial Catholicism

CurrencyLux
AnimalRiver Otter

The Most Holy Imperium of Marlborostein is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by His Imperial Holiness Paul III with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, aversion to nipples, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.68 billion Marlborosteinians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense, Spirituality, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Social Policy is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jericho. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marlborosteinian economy, worth a remarkable 1,607 trillion Luxes a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 166,085 Luxes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 473,484 per year while the poor average 46,456, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Untold millions of Luxes are going into a new government-funded maternity leave scheme, a widely accepted trade policy is "tit-for-tat", imitation is the sincerest form of felony, and the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marlborostein's national animal is the River Otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Marlborosteinian Imperial Catholicism.

Marlborostein is ranked 13,637th in the world and 1st in The Maritimes for Most Primitive, scoring 87.59 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 225thMost Devout: 542ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 838thMost Conservative: 1,371stLowest Crime Rates: 1,397thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,411thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,969thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,021stTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,842ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,293rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,713thLargest Governments: 4,005thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,196thLargest Mining Sector: 4,695thSafest: 5,822ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,071stMost Authoritarian: 8,092ndHighest Economic Output: 10,928thHighest Average Incomes: 11,149thLargest Black Market: 11,573rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,767thTop
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Most Primitive: 13,637thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,691stLongest Average Lifespans: 13,720thHealthiest Citizens: 14,835thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,189thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,788thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,274thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,302ndBest Weather: 18,703rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,595thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,124th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, imitation is the sincerest form of felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, a widely accepted trade policy is "tit-for-tat".
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, untold millions of Luxes are going into a new government-funded maternity leave scheme.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, the teaching of evolution has been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • : Following new legislation in Marlborostein, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll.

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