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Most Devout: 40th Most Corrupt Governments: 60th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 82nd
The Galactic Empire of
Corporate Police State
Give Me Glorious Victory Or Give Me Honorable Death
Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population15.232 billion

CapitalDeroth Ungol
LeaderGrand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
FaithChurch Of Crulmoxius


The Galactic Empire of Flarbinia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.232 billion Flarbinians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deroth Ungol. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Flarbinian economy, worth a remarkable 7,276 trillion Shark'towels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 477,707 Shark'towels, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

Trespassers entering Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV's office are immediately vaporized, prisoners fit in their parole hearings around their spa treatments, government officials across Flarbinia are being "encouraged" to adopt Hellhounds to set an example for the populace, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. 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. Flarbinia's national animal is the Hellhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church Of Crulmoxius.

Flarbinia is ranked 30,465th in the world and 789th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 67.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Devout: 40thMost Corrupt Governments: 60thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndMost Avoided: 85thHighest Disposable Incomes: 120thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 142ndLargest Gambling Industry: 167thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 180thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 218thLargest Mining Sector: 221stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 250thHighest Average Incomes: 271stMost Cultured: 286thLargest Retail Industry: 305thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 359thLargest Insurance Industry: 409thFattest Citizens: 444thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 455thMost Scientifically Advanced: 624thHighest Economic Output: 643rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 692ndMost Efficient Economies: 706thRudest Citizens: 993rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,055thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,351stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,395thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,489thLowest Crime Rates: 1,665thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,650thLargest Governments: 2,692ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,026thLargest Black Market: 3,139thTop
Largest Populations: 9,015thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,991stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,788thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,811thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,953rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,372ndMost Conservative: 17,053rd
Most Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 39th in the regionRudest Citizens: 39th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 41st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 55th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 63rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 82nd in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 158th in the regionLargest Black Market: 172nd in the regionLargest Populations: 282nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 437th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 463rd in the regionMost Conservative: 518th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 563rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 567th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, government officials across Flarbinia are being "encouraged" to adopt Hellhounds to set an example for the populace.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, prisoners fit in their parole hearings around their spa treatments.
  • : Flarbinia was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, trespassers entering Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, official medical guidelines insist that childbirth is 'almost totally painless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, glamping Flarbinians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Flarbinia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary".


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