10000 Islands Featured Nation 4/24/20 Constantinolia Apr 24, 2020 9:18:58 GMT -5 Paffnia, HumanSanity, and 3 more like this
Post by Sargon Reman on Apr 24, 2020 9:18:58 GMT -5
The Byzantine Empire of Constantinolia
"Βασιλεὺς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλευόντωv"
The Byzantine Empire of Constantinolia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Andronikos VI with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, infamous sell-swords, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 6.515 billion Byzantines are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.
The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.4%.
The frighteningly efficient Byzantine economy, worth a remarkable 1,136 trillion hyperpyrons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 174,473 hyperpyrons, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 941,311 per year while the poor average 16,781, a ratio of 56.1 to 1.
Graffiti graces every city's streets, teens are voting on which C-List pop star will be next to be evicted from the opera house, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service, and business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Constantinolia's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Catholicism.
Constantinolia is new World Assembly nation of the 10000 Islands and has integrated themselves into 10KI as an active member. They currently serve 10KI in the position of Cultural Office Assistant. Congratulations on being named featured nation Constantinolia!