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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,244thMost Devout: 1,847thMost Armed: 3,339th
The Retro-Glorian Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Everyone is a teacher, learn from them, chief.
Emperor John William Blackheart
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Traditional States

Population3.87 billion

CapitalDoloria
LeaderEmperor John William Blackheart
FaithKingly Chiefism

CurrencyImperial Coin
AnimalGriffin

The Retro-Glorian Empire of The Traditional States is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor John William Blackheart with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 3.87 billion Glorians 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 Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Doloria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Glorian economy, worth 709 trillion Imperial Coins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 183,413 Imperial Coins, with the richest citizens earning 5.7 times as much as the poorest.

The slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, grinning punters say that casino roulette is the greatest high that life has to offer, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, and the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Traditional States's national animal is the Griffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Kingly Chiefism.

The Traditional States is ranked 163,646th in the world and 206th in New Western Empire for Best Weather, with 63 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most Devout: 1,847thMost Armed: 3,339thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,350thMost Influential: 3,476thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,725thLargest Retail Industry: 3,771stMost Efficient Economies: 4,754thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,274thMost Cultured: 6,427thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,140thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,398thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,428thHealthiest Citizens: 7,590thHighest Average Incomes: 7,897thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,943rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,969thLargest Black Market: 8,523rdTop
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Most Developed: 9,157thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,197thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,252ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,441stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,987thLargest Governments: 10,312thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,317thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,828thLowest Crime Rates: 12,168thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,631stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,056thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,393rdSmartest Citizens: 14,754thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,118thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,851st
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Most Devout: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 24th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : The Traditional States endorsed The Federal Republic of Aundoria.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, grinning punters say that casino roulette is the greatest high that life has to offer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework.
  • : The Traditional States lodged a message on the New Western Empire Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, sex changes are routinely performed at The Traditional States's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Traditional States, sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors.

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