by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 2,555thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,380thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,473rd
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Order and Liberty
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.052 billion

LeaderEmperor Pablo Manuel Torre


The Empire of Santamar is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Pablo Manuel Torre with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, otherworldly petting zoo, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.052 billion Santamarians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fortaleza. The average income tax rate is 15.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Santamarian economy, worth 137 trillion Royals a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 130,857 Royals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up, midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency, students do more community service than homework, and political dissidents are cut off from essential services. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Santamar's national animal is the Condor, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Christianity.

Santamar is ranked 170,339th in the world and 7,484th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 180.35 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Armed: 2,555thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,380thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,473rdMost Influential: 3,731stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,083rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,738thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,182ndMost Avoided: 5,233rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,022ndTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 11,380thLargest Retail Industry: 13,130thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,611thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,433rdHighest Average Incomes: 18,485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,931stMost Authoritarian: 20,365thMost Secular: 20,535th
Most Armed: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 127th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 155th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 162nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 180th in the regionMost Avoided: 180th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 181st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 353rd in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 633rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 639th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 693rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 719th in the regionLargest Black Market: 787th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 863rd in the region

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