by Max Barry

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Highest Average Incomes: 16thHighest Poor Incomes: 23rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rd
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Progress through oppression
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population18.358 billion

CapitalGaberel City


The Empire of Gaberel is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Jin with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 18.358 billion Gaberelians 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 prioritizes Defense, although Education and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gaberel City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Gaberelian economy, worth an astonishing 17,312 trillion galecs 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. 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 a breathtaking 943,053 galecs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Biological warfare is used to solve small disagreements, Gaberel isn't what it used to be, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post, and all the playground's a stage for Gaberelian schoolchildren. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Gaberel's national animal is the panther, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Gaberel is ranked 556th in the world and 29th in Lazarus for Lowest Crime Rates, with 183.26 law-abiding acts per hour.

Highest Average Incomes: 16thHighest Poor Incomes: 23rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rdLargest Black Market: 27thMost Subsidized Industry: 32ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 43rdLargest Publishing Industry: 50thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 51stMost Patriotic: 57thMost Secular: 60thLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rdMost Efficient Economies: 63rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 75thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 89thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 99thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 102ndSmartest Citizens: 106thMost Corrupt Governments: 120thHighest Economic Output: 125thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 131stLargest Governments: 139thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 153rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 156thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 179thMost Scientifically Advanced: 200thLargest Insurance Industry: 209thFattest Citizens: 222ndMost Cultured: 232ndLargest Mining Sector: 245thMost Advanced Public Education: 248thMost Armed: 262ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 368thRudest Citizens: 528thLowest Crime Rates: 556thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 627thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,092ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,330thLargest Retail Industry: 1,796thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,130thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,985thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,427thNudest: 6,585thLargest Populations: 11,105thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,343rdMost Conservative: 16,740thMost Authoritarian: 23,298th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 76th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 85th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 113th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 190th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 211th in the regionNudest: 272nd in the regionLargest Populations: 335th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 642nd in the regionMost Influential: 669th in the regionMost Stationary: 745th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 862nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 894th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 961st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, all the playground's a stage for Gaberelian schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, Gaberel isn't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, biological warfare is used to solve small disagreements.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Gaberel, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Gaberel.


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