by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 753rdMost Subsidized Industry: 844thMost Influential: 888th
The Holy Intergalactic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Deus Ego Sum
God-Emperor Peter IV
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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HYDRA-Russian Empire

Population12.134 billion

CapitalNew Petrograd
LeaderGod-Emperor Peter IV
FaithRussian Orthodox Christianity


The Holy Intergalactic Empire of HYDRA-Russian Empire is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by God-Emperor Peter IV with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.134 billion HYDRA-Russians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Petrograd. The average income tax rate is 93.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient HYDRA-Russian economy, worth a remarkable 3,349 trillion Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 276,053 Rubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The disabled are forced to undergo an MRI scan every time they pick up their benefit payments, nations that kill a HYDRA-Russian can expect a strongly worded letter, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain, and extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. HYDRA-Russian Empire's national animal is the eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Russian Orthodox Christianity.

HYDRA-Russian Empire is ranked 216,508th in the world and 1,120th in Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -339.45 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Black Market: 753rdMost Subsidized Industry: 844thMost Influential: 888thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,662ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,695thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,078thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,275thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,400thHighest Average Incomes: 2,547thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,615thMost Efficient Economies: 2,652ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,098thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,101stMost Devout: 3,228thLowest Crime Rates: 3,343rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,405thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,557thHighest Economic Output: 3,621stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,147thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,177thLargest Governments: 4,492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,535thLargest Mining Sector: 4,687thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,724thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,087thMost Developed: 5,649thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,699thMost Cultured: 7,218thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,282ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,503rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,821stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,946thHealthiest Citizens: 9,396thSmartest Citizens: 9,948thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,807thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,060thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,437thLargest Populations: 21,041st
Largest Black Market: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 31st in the regionMost Devout: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 37th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 38th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 45th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 45th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 53rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 57th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 61st in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 64th in the regionLargest Populations: 74th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 75th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 80th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 81st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 88th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 93rd in the regionMost Developed: 110th in the region

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