by Max Barry

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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,694thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,275thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,339th
The Colony of
Corporate Bordello
One rung at a time
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Aech Em

Population213 million


The Colony of Aech Em is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 213 million Aech Emians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.0%.

The thriving Aech Emian economy, worth 13.5 trillion Hyns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 63,603 Hyns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 218,207 per year while the poor average 13,606, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Cancer rates amongst the richest in society are inexplicably on the rise, at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Leader's wardrobe, Leader has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space, and a third of Aech Emians are e-certified CEOs. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Aech Em's national animal is the Dolphin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Aech Em is ranked 160,514th in the world and 131st in Shinka for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -3.16 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,694thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,275thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,339thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,302ndLargest Mining Sector: 14,203rdFattest Citizens: 14,810thHighest Drug Use: 15,132ndHighest Crime Rates: 15,865thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,424th
Highest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the region

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