by Max Barry

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,735th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 7,422nd Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,153rd
The Hegemony of
Corporate Police State
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population1.117 billion

LeaderExecutor Ralatsén


The Hegemony of Karthspirije is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Executor Ralatsén with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.117 billion Karthspiri are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elinhir. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.3%.

The powerhouse Karthspiri economy, worth 84.9 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 75,964 Sovereigns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 476,737 per year while the poor average 5,114, a ratio of 93.2 to 1.

Cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake", and human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants. Crime is moderate, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Karthspirije's national animal is the Nightingale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Karthspirije is ranked 19,192nd in the world and 15th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Most Corrupt Governments, with 51.1 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Gambling Industry: 3,735thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,422ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,153rdTop
Most Avoided: 11,084thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,708thMost Conservative: 16,982nd
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the region

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