by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,925thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,018thMost Income Equality: 14,624th
The Blessed Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Deputy of the Steward
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population1.609 billion



The Blessed Empire of Almaaz is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 1.609 billion Almaazians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Almaaz. The average income tax rate is 72.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Almaazian economy, worth 54.0 trillion H2s a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Trout Farming, Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 33,587 H2s, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has little issue with allowing its citizens to languish in foreign jails, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, politicians bribe ten-year-old geniuses to sit their aptitude tests, and a major religion has been named as Almaaz's national religion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Almaaz's national animal is the Aurigaen, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Almaaz is ranked 218,234th in the world and 114th in Thegye for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 9,337.34 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,925thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,018thTop
Most Income Equality: 14,624thMost Influential: 18,740thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,535th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the region

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