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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 171stMost Influential: 253rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 358th
The Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population7.007 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.007 billion Imperials 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Escorial. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,074 trillion crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 438,845 crowns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,308,711 per year while the poor average 115,230, a ratio of 11.4 to 1.

Diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services, and conscientious objectors are hanged as traitors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostermarch's national animal is the demigryph, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Ostermarch is ranked 67,613th in the world and 262nd in Europe for Most Extreme, scoring 23.24 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 171stMost Influential: 253rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 358thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 394thLargest Retail Industry: 416thHighest Average Incomes: 495thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 510thLargest Black Market: 546thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 608thMost Corrupt Governments: 609thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 713thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 745thLargest Insurance Industry: 761stLargest Agricultural Sector: 877thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 878thMost Subsidized Industry: 928thMost Avoided: 982ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 995thLowest Crime Rates: 1,177thMost Efficient Economies: 1,292ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,431stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,603rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,662ndFattest Citizens: 2,062ndTop
Most Devout: 2,097thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,099thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,221stLargest Governments: 2,668thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,388thHighest Economic Output: 3,945thRudest Citizens: 4,040thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,641stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,774thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,253rdSmartest Citizens: 9,995thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,980thMost Developed: 12,240thMost Stationary: 14,123rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,387thMost Conservative: 18,425th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionFattest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionLargest Governments: 42nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 50th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 57th in the regionMost Stationary: 65th in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Conservative: 84th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 103rd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 113 » Imperium Anglorum, Sinclairtown, The Seven Provinces, The Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, Troltovia, Wombelland, Northern German Federation, The New Nordic Union, Lexembourg, Dark Matter, Yahlia, Ahma, Feria-Alkaline, Einswenn, An Clar, Slavorussia, Evka, TF1 TASK FORCE 1, Slavonia and Srijem, Thracia Republic, Lovisa, Irminsulia, Saint Domingo, North of Americas, Cre Alworkez, Pilipinas and Malaya, Germany Third Reich, Alsted, St Scarlett, Regnum Italiae, Nardin, Maritzal, Purgatio, Baycanistan, Lieges, The Champions League, Rouvenor, The Mongol Plain, Bohomo, Libertyca, HYDRA-Russian Empire, Quentenia, Imperium Malignis, Corthaen, Alympian Kingdom, South St Maarten, Outer Sparta, Pazano, Wessex and Cornwall, Leszno, and 63 others.GanymedEuropa, Kaspinia, Dorpz, Death Bat, Greate San Marino, Thracia and Crimea, Estonesia, Soviet Krussia, Cytadela, Nuweland, New Vorarlberg, Jim the Baptist, Supcotia, Novabritannia, Republic of Satherland, Msaladofinger, Leranditale, Boldia, Beauprix, Kenmoria WA Mission, Bathera, Republic Of Vox, Bahnhofstrasse, Mantcor, Parliamentary Laramidia, Brakanistan, British Norklon, Pydrus, Viciebskaja, The Kingdom of Denmark, Apabeossie, Soviet Taoistan, Gingera, Suissen, Blechingia, Navence, Mallesia, Stromia, Kossacks, Sicilian Imperial-Capitalist Empire, Novo Portugal, Belgique et France, Free Furentenia, Betasia, Neuchateau, Old Katy, Wismar, Walfo, Dalmannia, Porury, Preusses, Lord Sapre, Novum Hesperia, Boxist, Rijland, Enway, Elitestland, Legique, Caoripp, Shagolaa, Sienkahn, Socialist Balkans, and Great Winminster.

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