by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 117thMost Devout: 775thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,342nd
The Byzantine Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Βασιλεὺς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλευόντων
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.037 billion

LeaderAndronikos VI


The Byzantine Empire of Constantinolia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Andronikos VI with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 7.037 billion Byzantines are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt 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 16.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantine economy, worth a remarkable 1,287 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 frequent. Average income is an impressive 182,915 hyperpyrons, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 810,398 per year while the poor average 25,784, a ratio of 31.4 to 1.

Business leaders are mailing Andronikos VI forged birth certificates in a bid to win their rivals as serfs, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores, and preschoolers practice disarming active shooters before naptime. 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 ranked 195,417th in the world and 1,978th in 10000 Islands for Least Corrupt Governments, with 56.91 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 117thMost Devout: 775thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,342ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,597thLargest Retail Industry: 2,814thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,951stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,149thFattest Citizens: 3,331stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,180thMost Influential: 4,263rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,510thMost Avoided: 5,634thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,634thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,742ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,492ndRudest Citizens: 7,161stLargest Black Market: 7,266thHighest Average Incomes: 8,065thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,473rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,374thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,984thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,700thMost Cultured: 12,009thHighest Economic Output: 12,736thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,459thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,595thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,757thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,633rdLargest Publishing Industry: 17,741stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,385th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 46th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 48th in the regionMost Avoided: 56th in the regionLargest Black Market: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 70th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 77th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 90th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 95th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 100th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 104th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 104th in the regionRudest Citizens: 117th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 124th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 154th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 163rd in the regionMost Influential: 175th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 178th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 184th in the regionMost Armed: 188th in the regionMost Cultured: 199th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 203rd in the region

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