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Population39.674 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.674 billion Pogarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominion. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Pogarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,481 trillion kosses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 87,759 kosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says that all Pogarians are created equal — no matter how they were created, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogaria's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Truthism.

Pogaria is ranked 238,682nd in the world and 3rd in The Empire for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -26.67 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 125thBest Weather: 240thMost Cheerful Citizens: 257thMost Pacifist: 280thMost Beautiful Environments: 341stNicest Citizens: 341stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 343rdSafest: 388thMost Compassionate Citizens: 424thMost Valuable International Artwork: 533rdLowest Crime Rates: 586thLargest Governments: 861stHealthiest Citizens: 878thHighest Average Tax Rates: 913thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,141stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,371stMost Cultured: 1,390thMost Devout: 1,520thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,604thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,627thSmartest Citizens: 2,106thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,823rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,002ndHighest Economic Output: 3,844thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,335thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,515thMost Inclusive: 4,586thMost Influential: 6,034thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,192ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,518thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,314thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,159thMost Income Equality: 16,224thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,160th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of dress".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Deadeye Jack".
  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Ellenburg".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Native Prairies and Grasslands".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Citizenship And Birth Act".
  • : Pogaria agreed to construct embassies between The Empire and The Federation of Utopias Unitum.
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom Of Association".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Democratic Socialists".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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