by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 115th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 520th Most Ignorant Citizens: 564th
The Imperium of
Corporate Police State
Sciemus Non Metus
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.91 billion

CapitalMagus Civitus
Leaderthe Holy Curia


The Imperium of Arbites is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Holy Curia with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, aversion to nipples, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.91 billion Arbiters 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Magus Civitus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Arbitesian economy, worth a remarkable 3,967 trillion Soliduses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Automobile Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 266,127 Soliduses, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,124,459 per year while the poor average 40,750, a ratio of 27.6 to 1.

Abortions are carried out secretly in shady backstreet clinics, Brasilistanis face layers of paperwork in a different language just to visit a doctor, penal labor is a de facto death sentence, and meals are now followed by thirty minutes of mandatory exercise. 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. Arbites's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Magism.

Arbites is ranked 16,583rd in the world and 4th in The Cornellian Empire for Most Authoritarian, with 2.03 Stalins.

Most Efficient Economies: 115thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 520thMost Ignorant Citizens: 564thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 566thMost Devout: 635thLargest Mining Sector: 764thLargest Insurance Industry: 804thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 858thMost Corrupt Governments: 908thFattest Citizens: 967thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,068thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,241stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,271stMost Avoided: 1,291stMost Primitive: 1,392ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,647thHighest Economic Output: 1,700thTop
Largest Black Market: 1,842ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,995thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,151stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,455thMost Stationary: 2,477thMost Conservative: 2,849thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,911thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,008thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,461stLargest Retail Industry: 5,075thLowest Crime Rates: 5,221stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,941stLargest Populations: 7,127thLargest Governments: 8,099thMost Influential: 8,323rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,447thTop
Most Extreme: 9,658thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,384thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,515thMost Authoritarian: 16,583rd
Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the region

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