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Largest Retail Industry: 434thHighest Average Incomes: 478thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 543rd
The Grand Diarchy of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Till triumf genom trångmål!
Caserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt
Influence
Page
Founder / First Owner
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Harmonic Empire

Population7.635 billion

CapitalIshkur
LeaderCaserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt
FaithHarmonisch Asatru

CurrencyIshkurian Cepel
AnimalSandrau Wyvern

The Grand Diarchy of Harmonic Empire is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Caserine Ylva Brynhildr af Raymryt with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of prisons, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.635 billion Ishkurians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ishkur. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Ishkurian economy, worth a remarkable 3,407 trillion Ishkurian Cepels a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 446,343 Ishkurian Cepels, with the richest citizens earning 9.9 times as much as the poorest.

Ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Ishkurian beaches, disposable antiseptic wipes are considered a social necessity, the new national anthem passes the Turing Test, and military spending is on the increase. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Harmonic Empire's national animal is the Sandrau Wyvern, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Harmonisch Asatru.

Harmonic Empire is ranked 43,763rd in the world and 38th in Codex Ylvus for Nudest, with 189.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Largest Retail Industry: 434thHighest Average Incomes: 478thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 543rdLargest Black Market: 668thMost Subsidized Industry: 669thMost Efficient Economies: 715thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 750thRudest Citizens: 767thFattest Citizens: 768thMost Valuable International Artwork: 770thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 794thLargest Information Technology Sector: 808thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 856thMost Secular: 917thMost Avoided: 930thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 938thLargest Insurance Industry: 945thMost Corrupt Governments: 953rdMost Armed: 1,003rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,048thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,085thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,212thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,290thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,590thLargest Mining Sector: 1,838thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,876thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,087thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,102ndTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,391stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,765thLargest Governments: 3,352ndSmartest Citizens: 3,356thHighest Economic Output: 3,526thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,581stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,887thMost Cultured: 6,505thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,935thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,641stLowest Crime Rates: 18,922ndMost Influential: 20,481stHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,897thMost Conservative: 21,205th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionNudest: 38th in the regionMost Conservative: 40th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 47th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 48th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 59th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 70th in the regionMost Extreme: 79th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Harmonic Empire lodged a message on the Codex Ylvus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, the new national anthem passes the Turing Test.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, disposable antiseptic wipes are considered a social necessity.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Ishkurian beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Harmonic Empire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonic Empire, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.

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