by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 5th Most Efficient Economies: 365th Largest Mining Sector: 432nd
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
So I dub thee Unforgiven
Demon Prince
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population34.088 billion

CapitalLayarteb City
Leaderthe Emperor


The Empire of Layarteb is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Emperor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 34.088 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 7,334 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 140,352nd in the world and 54th in New York for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -6.48 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Stationary: 5thMost Efficient Economies: 365thLargest Mining Sector: 432ndLargest Populations: 568thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 652ndHighest Economic Output: 660thMost Avoided: 801stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,040thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,155thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,288thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,422ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,437thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,758thSafest: 1,784thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,897thHealthiest Citizens: 2,784thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,062ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,666thRudest Citizens: 3,978thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,439thHighest Average Incomes: 4,566thSmartest Citizens: 4,924thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,073rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,937thLargest Black Market: 6,369thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,524thMost Influential: 6,791stTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 8,328thMost Cultured: 9,522ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,257th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Layarteb lodged a message on the New York Regional Message Board.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified and Most Dead.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Survivors.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Layarteb was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.


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