by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 66thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 133rd
The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Emperor, For Friently, For the Empire!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population8.598 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithThe Twin Angels

AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.598 billion Imperial Citizens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Imperial Friently economy, worth a remarkable 2,706 trillion ReichsEuros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 314,764 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, war vets look after war animals, and the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Friently's national animal is the German Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Twin Angels.

Friently is ranked 128,997th in the world and 5,446th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,097.23 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 66thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 68thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 133rdLargest Black Market: 734thHighest Average Incomes: 1,808thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,245thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 3,958thLargest Governments: 4,697thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,296thHighest Economic Output: 5,670thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,349thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,434thLowest Crime Rates: 6,858thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,275thMost Authoritarian: 9,673rdMost Conservative: 9,728thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,073rdMost Armed: 12,466thMost Influential: 12,483rdMost Stationary: 12,934thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,826thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,108thMost Avoided: 18,598thSmartest Citizens: 19,233rdMost Advanced Public Education: 21,052ndMost Developed: 22,598th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 79th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 85th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 129th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 174th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 239th in the regionLargest Governments: 261st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 262nd in the regionMost Stationary: 287th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 330th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 359th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 407th in the regionMost Armed: 419th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 437th in the regionMost Conservative: 469th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 678th in the regionLargest Populations: 758th in the regionMost Avoided: 758th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 829th in the regionMost Extreme: 860th in the region

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