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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,402ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,546thLargest Mining Sector: 1,898th
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The Iron Knights

Population17.373 billion

LeaderHigh Elder Maxson


The Brotherhood of The Iron Knights is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by High Elder Maxson with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, digital currency, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 17.373 billion Iron Knights are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citadel. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Knightly economy, worth a remarkable 3,821 trillion credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 219,975 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A degree of self-hatred is vital for a future in politics, the nation's faithful often say there is a higher power watching over them, pro-democracy regime change has been avoided, and strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Iron Knights's national animal is the deathclaw, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Iron Knights is ranked 211,929th in the world and 12th in The Atheist Empire for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.44 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,402ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,546thLargest Mining Sector: 1,898thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,016thMost Armed: 2,071stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,330thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,806thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,094thHighest Economic Output: 3,275thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,771stSmartest Citizens: 4,577thMost Developed: 4,644thSafest: 4,659thLargest Governments: 5,002ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,097thLowest Crime Rates: 5,274thMost Stationary: 6,058thMost Efficient Economies: 7,073rdMost Avoided: 7,297thMost Secular: 7,704thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,149thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,505thLargest Populations: 11,760thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,501stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,623rdMost Influential: 14,481stMost Inclusive: 15,492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,569thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,743rdMost Cultured: 16,955thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,051st
Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the region

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