by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 67thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 134th
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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Population8.557 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 sprawling nuclear power plants, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.557 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 are ignored. 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 2,688 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 314,216 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has always been at war with Bigtopia, Friently isn't what it used to be, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Friently, and historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism. 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 22,593rd in the world and 1,206th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 80.65 on the Human Development Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 67thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 134thLargest Black Market: 730thHighest Average Incomes: 1,815thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,069thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,255thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 3,961stLargest Governments: 4,730thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,254thHighest Economic Output: 5,702ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,393rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,393rdLowest Crime Rates: 6,886thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,223rdMost Authoritarian: 9,763rdMost Conservative: 9,794thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,085thMost Influential: 12,457thMost Armed: 12,515thMost Stationary: 13,112thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,695thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,198thMost Avoided: 18,267thSmartest Citizens: 19,226thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,971stMost Developed: 22,593rd
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 78th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 85th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 128th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 173rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 233rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 257th in the regionLargest Governments: 261st in the regionMost Stationary: 288th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 331st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 359th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 403rd in the regionMost Armed: 416th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 437th in the regionMost Conservative: 467th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 675th in the regionMost Avoided: 739th in the regionLargest Populations: 756th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 823rd in the regionMost Extreme: 880th in the region

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