by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 329thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 343rdHighest Economic Output: 485th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
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Population29.535 billion

CapitalAngel Grove
LeaderJezebel Phoenix

AnimalPhoenician Eagle

The Empire of Spectare is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Jezebel Phoenix with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, ritual sacrifices, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.535 billion Spectarians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Environment receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Angel Grove. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Spectarean economy, worth an astonishing 10,073 trillion Spects a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 341,073 Spects, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,406,940 per year while the poor average 16,290, a ratio of 147 to 1.

Military spending recently hit a new high, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing, in a fit of passion Jezebel Phoenix has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions, and Angel Grove is a police state during international summits. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Spectare's national animal is the Phoenician Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Logic.

Spectare is ranked 1,128th in the world and 2nd in Greater Prussia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 10,494.93 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Black Market: 329thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 343rdHighest Economic Output: 485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 488thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 691stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 940thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,128thLargest Mining Sector: 1,150thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,230thHighest Average Incomes: 1,357thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,375thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,418thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,006thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,159thTop
Largest Populations: 2,507thMost Avoided: 2,780thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,790thLargest Governments: 3,528thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,485thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,335thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,400thFattest Citizens: 5,455thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,624thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,953rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,402ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,782ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,414thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,466thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 13,290thLowest Crime Rates: 13,522ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,664thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,967thLargest Retail Industry: 15,420thMost Efficient Economies: 16,179thMost Developed: 17,580thMost Stationary: 18,994thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,325thMost Influential: 20,132ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,784thSmartest Citizens: 23,732nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spectare's influence in Greater Prussia rose from "Ambassador" to "Negotiator".
  • : Spectare's influence in Greater Prussia rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Survivors.
  • : Spectare's influence in Greater Prussia rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Spectare was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.


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