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DarthStassen

Population29.449 billion

CapitalKönigsberg
LeaderPope-Emperor Alexander XXIII
FaithImperial Catholicism

CurrencyCredit
Animaldachshund

The Infinite Empire of DarthStassen is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pope-Emperor Alexander XXIII with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, strictly enforced bedtime, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 29.449 billion Imperials are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Königsberg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth an astonishing 16,056 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is a breathtaking 545,215 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

The government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, small shoes often wash up on the beach, tourists call Imperial beach towns "the fine coastline", and statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. DarthStassen's national animal is the dachshund, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Imperial Catholicism.

DarthStassen is ranked 714th in the world and 2nd in Central Eastern Europe for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 11,949.35 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 76thHighest Disposable Incomes: 77thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 118thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 136thHighest Economic Output: 145thMost Avoided: 160thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 171stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 190thHighest Average Incomes: 214thLargest Insurance Industry: 230thMost Efficient Economies: 245thLargest Mining Sector: 268thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 280thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 319thMost Scientifically Advanced: 329thMost Armed: 331stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 346thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 370thLargest Gambling Industry: 406thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 439thLargest Information Technology Sector: 469thMost Corrupt Governments: 508thFattest Citizens: 597thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 600thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 714thHighest Poor Incomes: 835thSmartest Citizens: 977thLargest Black Market: 1,364thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,705thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,891stTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,395thRudest Citizens: 2,568thLargest Populations: 2,619thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,447thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,184thMost Devout: 4,762ndLargest Governments: 4,823rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,128thMost Cultured: 6,323rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 15,943rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,195thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,593rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, tourists call Imperial beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, small shoes often wash up on the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, facial disfigurement is a leading cause of supervillainy.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, rumor has it that Pope-Emperor Alexander XXIII has won three lotteries in a row.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, soldiers who shoot themselves in the foot are regarded as heroes.
  • : Following new legislation in DarthStassen, wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations".
  • : DarthStassen's influence in Central Eastern Europe rose from "Page" to "Squire".

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