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Most Devout: 1,260thMost Primitive: 2,067thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,348th
The Holy Empire of
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Pasta Pharia

Population17.372 billion

CapitalSpaghetti Junction
Leaderthe Holy Meatball


The Holy Empire of Pasta Pharia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Holy Meatball with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 17.372 billion Pasta Pharians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spaghetti Junction. The average income tax rate is 88.3%.

The thriving Pasta Pharian economy, worth a remarkable 1,412 trillion noodles a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving and Trout Farming. Average income is 81,317 noodles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Disadvantaged neighbourhoods have become no-go areas after sundown, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pasta Pharia's national animal is the pirate, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pastafarian.

Pasta Pharia is ranked 9,408th in the world and 6th in The Atheist Empire for Best Weather, with 224 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Devout: 1,260thMost Primitive: 2,067thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,348thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,907thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,009thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,356thLowest Crime Rates: 8,401stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,872ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,082ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,391stBest Weather: 9,408thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,380thLargest Populations: 11,470thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,247thTop
Highest Economic Output: 12,668thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,042ndMost Cultured: 14,394thMost Authoritarian: 14,776thMost Influential: 15,207thMost Stationary: 15,323rdLargest Governments: 16,611thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,847th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the region

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