by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 463rd Largest Information Technology Sector: 952nd Largest Black Market: 1,091st
The Divine Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Living Gods, dead foes.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population5.483 billion

LeaderGod-Emperor Silus
FaithImperial Cult


The Divine Empire of Gaerim is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by God-Emperor Silus with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, compulsory vegetarianism, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 5.483 billion Gaerimins have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trem. The average income tax rate is 66.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gaerimian economy, worth a remarkable 1,379 trillion Auruses 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 251,547 Auruses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, and students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50. Crime is totally unknown. Gaerim's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Gaerim is ranked 8,591st in the world and 20th in New Warsaw Pact for Most Developed, scoring 87.97 on the Human Development Index.

Most Devout: 463rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 952ndLargest Black Market: 1,091stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,226thTop
Most Armed: 1,905thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,103rdLargest Gambling Industry: 2,436thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,644thRudest Citizens: 2,647thHighest Average Incomes: 2,846thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,059thNudest: 3,764thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,918thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,656thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,646thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,928thMost Inclusive: 6,422ndMost Cultured: 6,496thMost Efficient Economies: 6,958thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,591stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,855thLargest Retail Industry: 8,193rdTop
Most Developed: 8,591stSmartest Citizens: 8,755thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,969thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,216thHighest Economic Output: 9,958thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,438thLargest Governments: 12,051stBest Weather: 13,690thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,808thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,375th
Most Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionMost Average: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 17th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, students who do not recite the national anthem each morning have to drop and give their teacher 50.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, the nation's nuclear defence policy is to "turn the other cheek".
  • : Gaerim was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting.
  • : Following new legislation in Gaerim, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all.


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