by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 519th Most Armed: 602nd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 666th
The Bourbon Empire of
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The Bourbon Empire of Ile Royale is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Duc d'Orléans with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.321 billion Ile Royaleans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Healthcare is also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nouvelle Paris. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ile Royalean economy, worth a remarkable 2,620 trillion Coronets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 196,730 Coronets, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 664,710 per year while the poor average 43,065, a ratio of 15.4 to 1.

Airport security is provided by private companies, terrified neighbors cower behind concertina wire and machine gun nests, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ile Royale's national animal is the Léon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Ile Royale is ranked 161,829th in the world and 2nd in Renaissance for Most Devout, with 6.57 Prayers Per Hour.

Highest Crime Rates: 519thMost Armed: 602ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 666thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,108thFattest Citizens: 1,191stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,391stRudest Citizens: 1,510thTop
Most Influential: 1,967thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,095thMost Avoided: 2,324thHighest Economic Output: 2,872ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,881stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,102ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,469thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,689thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,844thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,231stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,320thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,536thHighest Average Incomes: 4,789thLargest Mining Sector: 4,919thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,790thLargest Black Market: 5,917thLargest Retail Industry: 6,886thNudest: 7,591stLargest Populations: 7,900thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,384thSmartest Citizens: 8,412thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,879thTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,999thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,375thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,556thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,449thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,519thMost Cultured: 15,495thMost Efficient Economies: 16,325thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,570thMost Secular: 17,045th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ile Royale's influence in Renaissance fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Ile Royale's influence in Renaissance rose from "Auxiliary" to "Hermit".
  • : Ile Royale relocated from Balder to Renaissance.
  • : Ile Royale was refounded in Balder.
  • : Ile Royale ceased to exist in Renaissance.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Ile Royale was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.


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