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Most Devout: 8,342ndMost Stationary: 10,928thMost Conservative: 11,686th
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Sic Dicimus Omnes
Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Divine Mandate

Population8.235 billion

CapitalGestaltus
FaithUnitas

CurrencyDukat
AnimalPortuguese Man O' War

The Holy Empire of The Divine Mandate is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its closed borders, prohibition of alcohol, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 8.235 billion Divines 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gestaltus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.8%.

The Divine Mandatean economy, worth 481 trillion Dukats 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. 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 58,492 Dukats, with the richest citizens earning 9.8 times as much as the poorest.

Scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Portuguese Man O' War, libraries are refusing to stock A Midsummer Night's Dream because it has an ass in it, education is transforming people into first-rate snobs, and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Divine Mandate's national animal is the Portuguese Man O' War, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unitas.

The Divine Mandate is ranked 82,713th in the world and 18th in Unknown for Highest Average Incomes, with 58,492.94 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Devout: 8,342ndTop
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Most Stationary: 10,928thMost Conservative: 11,686thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,946thLargest Black Market: 14,367thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,977thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,108thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,241stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,635th
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Most Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the region

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