by Max Barry

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,322ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,106thHighest Crime Rates: 2,752nd
The Holy Empire of
Libertarian Police State
Swords and Fire
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population18.058 billion



The Holy Empire of Kaledoria is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Maraxus with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 18.058 billion Kaledorians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Röken. The average income tax rate is 8.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Kaledorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,988 trillion Sceattas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,100 Sceattas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

All new "spies" are fifteen-year-old acne-ridden kids on computers, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, and science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Kaledoria's national animal is the Grizzly, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Levantinism.

Kaledoria is ranked 68,487th in the world and 2,077th in Balder for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,395.36 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Gambling Industry: 1,322ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,106thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 2,752ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,743rdFattest Citizens: 4,008thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,029thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,058thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,799thHighest Economic Output: 8,592ndLargest Black Market: 9,088thLargest Populations: 10,775thMost Avoided: 10,916thTop
Most Armed: 11,823rdLargest Mining Sector: 12,451stMost Cultured: 13,048thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,538thHighest Drug Use: 16,645thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,705thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 17,698thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,292nd
Largest Gambling Industry: 66th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 89th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 127th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 152nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 173rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 198th in the regionLargest Populations: 263rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 308th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 332nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 333rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 344th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 369th in the regionMost Avoided: 448th in the regionLargest Black Market: 454th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 465th in the regionMost Armed: 505th in the regionNudest: 539th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 549th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 617th in the regionMost Cultured: 668th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Kaledoria was refounded in Balder.
  • : Kaledoria ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".


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