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Highest Crime Rates: 3,378th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,611th Most Armed: 4,946th
The Grand Kingdom of
Libertarian Police State Slightly Overzealous Peoples Democracy
Advance Manchesia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population5.274 billion

LeaderWilliam Edwards

CurrencyManchesian Pound

The Grand Kingdom of Manches is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by William Edwards with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, complete lack of prisons, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 5.274 billion Manchesians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trafalgar. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Manchesian economy, worth 764 trillion Manchesian Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 145,039 Manchesian Pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 469,506 per year while the poor average 33,834, a ratio of 13.9 to 1.

The mentally ill are given high powered automatic weapons for "catharsis therapy", raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing, it's considered a civil right to be allowed to neglect and mistreat your own children, and the police have been reduced to using duct tape instead of handcuffs following further cutbacks. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Manches's national animal is the Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Presbyterianism.

Manches is ranked 7,871st in the world and 407th in Balder for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 12,532.19 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 3,378thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,611thMost Armed: 4,946thLargest Black Market: 5,169thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,994thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,353rdLargest Gambling Industry: 6,809thMost Avoided: 7,243rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,590thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,871stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,043rdTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,638thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,740thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,176thLargest Retail Industry: 10,222ndFattest Citizens: 10,730thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,754thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,161stHighest Average Incomes: 13,576thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,152ndMost Developed: 15,009thSmartest Citizens: 15,364thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,249th
Highest Crime Rates: 186th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Black Market: 281st in the regionMost Armed: 297th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 307th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 330th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 366th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 407th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 437th in the regionMost Avoided: 446th in the regionFattest Citizens: 537th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 541st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 560th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 572nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 595th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 627th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 641st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 646th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 715th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Manches's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Manches's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Manches's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Manches's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Manches was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and Largest Publishing Industry and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Manches was refounded in Balder.
  • : Manches ceased to exist in Iveagh.
  • : Manches was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Manches was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Manches was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.


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