by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 17,724th
The Imperial Fortress of
Father Knows Best State
Londinium Rules The Land And The Sea
Founder / High King
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.329 billion


The Imperial Fortress of Fortwhile is a gargantuan, orderly nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-working, cynical population of 10.329 billion Fortwhileans 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 large, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 35.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fortwhilean economy, worth 390 trillion francs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 37,811 francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints, and weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fortwhile's national animal is the ox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Fortwhile is ranked 27,159th in the world and 3rd in Londinium for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 11,910.6 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 17,724th

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