by Max Barry

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The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In each of us lies a god and in that god, a fool.
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Empire of Cryptic Mirage is a tiny, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service. The compassionate, democratic population of 16 million Cryptians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 16.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Cryptic Miragean economy, worth 673 billion Castians a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 42,089 Castians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes, lavish state dinners in Cryptic Mirage City are the state's leading budgetary expenditure, and international tensions are high as Cryptic Mirage threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Cryptic Mirage's national animal is the Ophiotaurus, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Cryptic Mirage is ranked 108,096th in the world and 5,090th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -2.83 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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