by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 8,145th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,779th Highest Economic Output: 12,145th
The Sovereign Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Semper Ad Meliora
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population13.812 billion

LeaderLord High Chancellor Valtorum


The Sovereign Empire of Gristol-Serkonos is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord High Chancellor Valtorum with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 13.812 billion Gristol-Serkonoseans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rien-Stadt. The average income tax rate is 66.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Gristol-Serkonosean economy, worth a remarkable 1,169 trillion Kronor a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 84,662 Kronor, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, sections of the police receive paramilitary training, the opposition leader's credibility has been undermined by constant attention drawn to a dodgy toupee, and a historic rise in the minimum wage has crushed the economy with inflation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gristol-Serkonos's national animal is the Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Violetism.

Gristol-Serkonos is ranked 40,265th in the world and 2,313th in Lazarus for Most Developed, scoring 60.88 on the Human Development Index.

Most Armed: 8,145thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,779thHighest Economic Output: 12,145thLargest Populations: 12,764th
Most Armed: 384th in the regionLargest Populations: 387th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 602nd in the regionMost Stationary: 627th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 627th in the region

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