by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 67thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132nd
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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Population8.563 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithThe Twin Angels

AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, complete lack of prisons, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.563 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, although Law & Order is also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality 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 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 2,694 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 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 314,704 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Friently, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, and war vets look after war animals. 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 teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Twin Angels.

Friently is ranked 115,192nd in the world and 4,667th in The North Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,259.67 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 67thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 132ndLargest Black Market: 731stHighest Average Incomes: 1,803rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,073rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,262ndTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 3,999thLargest Governments: 4,713thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,284thHighest Economic Output: 5,694thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,386thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,387thLowest Crime Rates: 6,867thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,258thMost Authoritarian: 9,766thMost Conservative: 9,789thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,081stMost Influential: 12,469thMost Armed: 12,478thMost Stationary: 13,094thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,787thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,122ndMost Avoided: 18,603rdSmartest Citizens: 19,252ndMost Advanced Public Education: 21,043rdMost Developed: 22,597th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 79th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 83rd in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 127th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 159th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 172nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 232nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 259th in the regionLargest Governments: 261st in the regionMost Stationary: 288th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 332nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 358th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 407th in the regionMost Armed: 417th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 438th in the regionMost Conservative: 467th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 675th in the regionMost Avoided: 744th in the regionLargest Populations: 755th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 827th in the regionMost Extreme: 876th in the region

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