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Most Influential: 1,986thMost Devout: 4,498thLowest Crime Rates: 6,949th
The Supreme Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Peace and Prosperity for the People
King Karlinius
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Karlenstein

Population1.65 billion

CapitalKarlington
LeaderKing Karlinius
FaithErutheism

CurrencyBitcoin
AnimalWolf

The Supreme Empire of Karlenstein is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Karlinius with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, prohibition of alcohol, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.65 billion Karlensteinians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karlington. The average income tax rate is 75.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Karlensteinian economy, worth 242 trillion Bitcoins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 147,252 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Film studios own the rights to actors' likenesses until the next millennium, the government spends billions to protect Karlenstein from a disaster that is one in a million, citizens are tied down and forced to watch educational videos on empathy, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karlenstein's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Erutheism.

Karlenstein is ranked 242,164th in the world and 9,229th in The North Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.13 Weapons Per Person.

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Most Devout: 4,498thLowest Crime Rates: 6,949thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,771stLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,533rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,974thMost Developed: 10,977thHealthiest Citizens: 11,037thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,293rdMost Corrupt Governments: 11,813thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,828thMost Authoritarian: 13,395thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,865thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,829thHighest Average Incomes: 14,839thLargest Governments: 15,523rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,074thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,492ndSmartest Citizens: 17,614thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,093rdMost Efficient Economies: 18,445thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,518thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,795thMost Conservative: 22,626thMost Cultured: 22,742nd
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Most Devout: 191st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 358th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 444th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 506th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 564th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 592nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 595th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 597th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 620th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 632nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 638th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 655th in the regionMost Developed: 662nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 715th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 731st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 759th in the regionMost Influential: 765th in the regionLargest Governments: 789th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 895th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 920th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 924th in the region

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