by Max Barry

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Fattest Citizens: 3,825th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,971st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,195th
The Holy Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
Deus Vult
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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South Edessa

Population696 million

CapitalEdessa

CurrencyGold Shekel
AnimalSheep

The Holy Empire of South Edessa is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 696 million Edessans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Edessa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.7%.

The all-consuming South Edessan economy, worth 78.7 trillion Gold Shekels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 113,005 Gold Shekels, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 583,039 per year while the poor average 11,931, a ratio of 48.9 to 1.

The most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, decongestants have replaced Gold Shekels in street transactions, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, and clergy do their best to cover up their old tattoos. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. South Edessa's national animal is the Sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

South Edessa is ranked 30,218th in the world and 869th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 162.78 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 3,825thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,971stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,195thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,733rdMost Devout: 4,790thMost Avoided: 5,280thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,573rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,598thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,665thMost Influential: 7,210thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,128thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,494thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,991stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,227thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,723rdMost Armed: 13,424thMost Pro-Market: 15,075thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,280thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,430thRudest Citizens: 15,751st
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Fattest Citizens: 66th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 72nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 93rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 99th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 104th in the regionMost Devout: 105th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 122nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 127th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 209th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 235th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 235th in the regionMost Armed: 261st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 278th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 315th in the regionRudest Citizens: 334th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 372nd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 396th in the regionMost Influential: 459th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 482nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 566th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 644th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 664th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 684th in the regionMost Cultured: 686th in the region

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