by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 116thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 123rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 255th
The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Emperor, For Friently, For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population6.518 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII

AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, national health service, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.518 billion Imperial Citizens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 1,680 trillion ReichsEuros 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 an amazing 257,863 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends billions to protect Friently from a disaster that is one in a million, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, the might of the entire Imperial Friently Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Friently's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Friently is ranked 2,919th in the world and 158th in The North Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 155,943.93 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 116thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 123rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 255thLargest Black Market: 1,346thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,648thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,919thHighest Average Incomes: 3,122ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,521stLargest Insurance Industry: 5,579thLargest Governments: 6,095thLowest Crime Rates: 6,823rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,807thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,819thHighest Economic Output: 8,880thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,602ndMost Authoritarian: 10,745thMost Influential: 11,334thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,835thMost Conservative: 13,380thMost Stationary: 14,864thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,134thMost Secular: 18,730thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,487thSmartest Citizens: 20,902ndMost Developed: 21,214th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 55th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 105th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 147th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 215th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 279th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 281st in the regionLargest Governments: 313th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 331st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 341st in the regionMost Stationary: 349th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 436th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 452nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 682nd in the regionMost Armed: 690th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 767th in the regionLargest Populations: 784th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 793rd in the regionMost Conservative: 970th in the regionMost Secular: 978th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 999th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1,038th in the regionMost Developed: 1,056th in the region

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