by Max Barry

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1,355thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,949thHighest Crime Rates: 2,643rd
The Holy Empire of
Libertarian Police State
Swords and Fire
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population16.622 billion



The Holy Empire of Kaledoria is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Maraxus with an iron fist, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, compulsory military service, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 16.622 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 1,830 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 110,103 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 117,303rd in the world and 4,213th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 42.6 on the Rand Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 1,355thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,949thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 2,643rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,706thFattest Citizens: 3,810thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,022ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,358thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,572ndLargest Black Market: 7,738thHighest Economic Output: 8,345thMost Armed: 9,552ndLargest Populations: 10,201stTop
Largest Mining Sector: 11,123rdMost Avoided: 11,633rdMost Cultured: 12,814thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,965thHighest Drug Use: 13,921stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 16,732ndHighest Poor Incomes: 17,508thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,688th
Largest Gambling Industry: 68th in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 97th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 143rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 176th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 192nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 217th in the regionLargest Populations: 316th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 338th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 382nd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 396th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 404th in the regionLargest Black Market: 443rd in the regionMost Armed: 459th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 497th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 547th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 622nd in the regionNudest: 623rd in the regionMost Avoided: 650th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 653rd in the regionMost Cultured: 722nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kaledoria's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Kaledoria was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Kaledoria ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Kaledoria's influence in Osiris rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Crime Rates and the Top 5% for Most Cultured.
  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements and Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Kaledoria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.


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