by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4,162ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,782ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,207th
The Mandate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Deus Vult
Crusader Council
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population3.61 billion

LeaderCrusader Council


The Mandate of Levantin is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Crusader Council with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, compulsory military service, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.61 billion Levantines 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ibelin. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 36.1%.

The all-consuming Levantine economy, worth 437 trillion bezants a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 121,077 bezants, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 411,172 per year while the poor average 26,303, a ratio of 15.6 to 1.

Annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, and government policy is dictated by Christianity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Levantin's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Levantin is ranked 28,353rd in the world and 961st in The East Pacific for Best Weather, with 130 Meters Of Sunlight.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4,162ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,782ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,207thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,316thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,693rdTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 11,349thMost Conservative: 12,796thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,729thLargest Black Market: 17,545thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,481stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,988thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,149th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 106th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 128th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 191st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 228th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 260th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 319th in the regionLargest Black Market: 436th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 509th in the regionMost Stationary: 546th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 599th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 599th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 632nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 649th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 728th in the regionLargest Populations: 828th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 849th in the regionMost Developed: 852nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 864th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 896th in the region

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