by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,703rd Largest Black Market: 3,291st Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,470th
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, orderly nation, ruled by Walter Wolfman III with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.189 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 1,565 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 168,799th in the world and 13th in Japerica for Longest Average Lifespans, with 39.27 Years.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,703rdLargest Black Market: 3,291stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,470thHighest Economic Output: 5,972ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,421stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,574thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,383rdMost Pro-Market: 8,311thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,409thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,640thMost Avoided: 8,863rdLargest Retail Industry: 8,895thTop
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Largest Populations: 9,170thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,200thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,348thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,616thLargest Mining Sector: 12,232ndMost Extreme: 13,523rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,906thMost Efficient Economies: 15,767thHighest Average Incomes: 17,440th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 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 Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Area VIII's influence in Japerica fell from "Hermit" to "Instigator".
  • : Area VIII's influence in Japerica rose from "Page" to "Hermit".

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