by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 8th Most Efficient Economies: 349th Largest Mining Sector: 423rd
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
So I dub thee Unforgiven
Demon Prince
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population34.78 billion

CapitalLayarteb City
Leaderthe Emperor


The Empire of Layarteb is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Emperor with an iron fist, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 34.78 billion Layartebians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Layarteb City. The average income tax rate is 1.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Layartebian economy, worth a remarkable 7,483 trillion shingrots a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 215,157 shingrots, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Money that should have gone to charities is instead spent on monitoring them, it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language, mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined, and government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Layarteb's national animal is the falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Layarteb is ranked 5,875th in the world and 3rd in New York for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 488.32 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Stationary: 8thMost Efficient Economies: 349thLargest Mining Sector: 423rdLargest Populations: 561stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 654thHighest Economic Output: 667thMost Avoided: 801stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,014thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,233rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,304thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,445thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,489thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,770thSafest: 1,777thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,871stHealthiest Citizens: 2,825thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,017thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,753rdRudest Citizens: 4,026thHighest Average Incomes: 4,631stSmartest Citizens: 4,940thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,121stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,126thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,171stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,875thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,439thMost Influential: 6,502ndLargest Black Market: 6,617thLowest Crime Rates: 8,370thTop
Most Cultured: 9,291stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,346thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,327th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the region

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