by Max Barry

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Most Efficient Economies: 108th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 374th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 434th
The Imperium of
Corporate Police State
Sciemus Non Metus
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population18.761 billion

CapitalMagus Civitus
Leaderthe Holy Curia


The Imperium of Arbites is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Holy Curia with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, suspicion of poets, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.761 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 4,992 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 1,483rd in the world and 2nd in The Cornellian Empire for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 10,646.27 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 108thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 374thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 434thMost Ignorant Citizens: 473rdLargest Insurance Industry: 653rdLargest Mining Sector: 701stMost Devout: 762ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 796thFattest Citizens: 940thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 945thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,012thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,027thMost Avoided: 1,064thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,292ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,483rdHighest Economic Output: 1,523rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,759thMost Stationary: 2,018thLargest Black Market: 2,218thHighest Average Incomes: 2,413thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,569thMost Primitive: 2,785thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,936thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,994thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,924thMost Conservative: 4,422ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,544thLowest Crime Rates: 5,847thLargest Retail Industry: 5,938thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,053rdLargest Populations: 6,177thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,684thLargest Governments: 8,228thMost Influential: 8,247thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,165thMost Extreme: 12,642ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,711thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,054thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,904thLargest Gambling Industry: 16,605th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Arbites's influence in The Cornellian Empire fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Arbites's influence in The Cornellian Empire rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Arbites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Arbites's influence in The Cornellian Empire fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".


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