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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 596th Most Influential: 702nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 810th
The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Emperor! For Friently! For the Empire!
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Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Friently

Population3.54 billion

CapitalImperial Münich
LeaderEmperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII
FaithRealism

CurrencyReichsEuro
AnimalGerman Eagle

The ✠ Grand Empire ✠ of Friently is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Bryan von Friently-Hannover VII with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, unlimited-speed roads, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.54 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperial Münich. The average income tax rate is 77.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Imperial Friently economy, worth 508 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 impressive 143,592 ReichsEuros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, and politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Friently's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Realism.

Friently is ranked 32,823rd in the world and 1,517th in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 219,825.16 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 596thMost Influential: 702ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 810thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,660thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,909thLargest Black Market: 4,441stMost Authoritarian: 5,418thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,948thMost Conservative: 6,794thLowest Crime Rates: 6,948thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 9,057thLargest Governments: 11,745thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,891stMost Extreme: 12,591stHighest Average Incomes: 13,845thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,989th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 138th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 145th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 212th in the regionMost Influential: 263rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 285th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 335th in the regionMost Conservative: 401st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 409th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 504th in the regionLargest Governments: 563rd in the regionMost Stationary: 592nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 638th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 662nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 684th in the region

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