by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 11,726thLargest Retail Industry: 14,551st
The Imperial Fortress of
Father Knows Best State
Londinium Rules The Land And The Sea
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.902 billion


The Imperial Fortress of Fortwhile is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its flagrant waste-dumping and keen interest in outer space. The hard-working, cynical population of 7.902 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 35.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fortwhilean economy, worth 298 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 37,786 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 totally unknown, 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 62,951st in the world and 4th in Londinium for Fattest Citizens, with 10.73 Obesity Rate.

Most Influential: 11,726thLargest Retail Industry: 14,551st

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