by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 418th Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,418th Lowest Crime Rates: 1,847th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Nulla Pallescere Culpa
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population4.284 billion

LeaderImperious Leader
Faiththe Orthodox Catholic Church


The Holy Empire of Byzantiaum is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Imperious Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, sprawling nuclear power plants, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 4.284 billion Byzantines are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, 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 Constantinopel. The average income tax rate is 85.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Byzantiaumian economy, worth 737 trillion shekels a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 172,072 shekels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and the rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Byzantiaum's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is the Orthodox Catholic Church.

Byzantiaum is ranked 2,506th in the world and 105th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 8,823.35 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 418thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,418thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 1,847thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,920thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,062ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,201stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,506thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,071stBest Weather: 6,706thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,111thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,309thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,353rdLargest Governments: 7,516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,757thHealthiest Citizens: 7,926thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 8,606thHighest Average Incomes: 8,788thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,987thMost Pacifist: 10,494thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,510thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,728thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,200thMost Developed: 11,351stMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,833rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,200thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,063rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,812thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,902nd
Most Devout: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 68th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 74th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 85th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 85th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 91st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 105th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 190th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 321st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 339th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 356th in the regionBest Weather: 362nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 365th in the regionLargest Governments: 383rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 395th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 429th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 437th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 449th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 470th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 482nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 516th in the regionMost Stationary: 526th in the regionMost Pacifist: 558th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 581st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 585th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 591st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 630th in the regionMost Developed: 643rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 650th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 804th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 814th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, the rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, the revelation that people were sexist in the past is apparently front page news.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, not even good behaviour will get transgender inmates any special perks.
  • : Following new legislation in Byzantiaum, the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet.
  • : Byzantiaum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Byzantiaum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.


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