by Max Barry

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Fattest Citizens: 3,339thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,527thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,679th
The Dancing in the Depths of
Corporate Police State
For every Goliath... there is a stone-filled trebuchet
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
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Population20.236 billion

CapitalSecret Lair of the Gallows
LeaderHorus Lupercal


The Dancing in the Depths of Maniacal is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Horus Lupercal with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, sprawling nuclear power plants, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.236 billion Maniacalians 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 large, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Secret Lair of the Gallows. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Maniacalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,212 trillion sparks a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 109,356 sparks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 382,532 per year while the poor average 22,714, a ratio of 16.8 to 1.

Horus Lupercal has been declared supreme ruler for all eternity, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls, vulture racing stadiums are open 24/7, and EpiPen sales have skyrocketed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maniacal's national animal is the vulture, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Maniacal is ranked 84,455th in the world and 8th in Glass Gallows for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 3,998.42 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Fattest Citizens: 3,339thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,527thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,679thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,215thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,408thHighest Economic Output: 7,495thLargest Populations: 7,638thMost Stationary: 8,866thMost Influential: 10,199thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,258thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 14,520thLowest Crime Rates: 14,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,845thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,055thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,559thMost Devout: 16,884thLargest Black Market: 18,353rdLargest Governments: 19,317thMost Pro-Market: 19,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,098thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22,165thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,371st

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