by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 2,114th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,813th Largest Black Market: 6,600th
The Sentinel Servant of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Imperial Cross

Population14.534 billion


AnimalBlack Shrike

The Sentinel Servant of Imperial Cross is a gargantuan, orderly nation, notable for its state-planned economy, frequent executions, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 14.534 billion Imperial Crossians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The large, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense, Industry, and Public Transport also on the agenda. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 38.6%.

The strong Imperial Crossian economy, worth 750 trillion Rialtos 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, 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 51,646 Rialtos, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 272,919 per year while the poor average 5,190, a ratio of 52.6 to 1.

Children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "Love and peace!" as a way of life, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors, and the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels. Crime is moderate. Imperial Cross's national animal is the Black Shrike, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Hope.

Imperial Cross is ranked 149,320th in the world and 235th in Spiritus for Safest, scoring 35.58 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Stationary: 2,114thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,813thLargest Black Market: 6,600thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,859thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,650thLargest Populations: 7,686thTop
Fattest Citizens: 11,722ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,269thMost Influential: 15,277thHighest Economic Output: 16,096th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 28th in the region

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