by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,562nd Largest Black Market: 3,215th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,263rd
The Great Grey Empire of
Corporate Police State
Cleanse The World
Regional Influence
Instigator
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Great Grey Empire of Area VIII is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Walter Wolfman III with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.728 billion Area VIIIians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfenburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 36.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Area VIIIian economy, worth a remarkable 1,634 trillion Zeras a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,398 Zeras, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 791,689 per year while the poor average 9,049, a ratio of 87.5 to 1.

The lowest age at which one can marry has been recently lowered to 12, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement, and torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Area VIII's national animal is the Raven, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Area VIII is ranked 40,480th in the world and 6th in Japerica for Most Authoritarian, with 0.55 Stalins.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,562ndLargest Black Market: 3,215thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,263rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,702ndHighest Economic Output: 5,768thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,332ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,907thMost Pro-Market: 7,193rdTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,644thMost Avoided: 7,865thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,036thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,471stLargest Populations: 8,587thLargest Retail Industry: 8,915thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,024thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,117thLargest Mining Sector: 10,998thMost Extreme: 11,642ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,920th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the region

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  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.

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