by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,944thMost Influential: 3,951stMost Armed: 4,116th
The Benevolent Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Ave Imperator!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population632 million


AnimalAll Weather Routers

The Benevolent Empire of Margaux is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its triple-decker prams, punitive income tax rates, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 632 million Margauxians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Triablo. The average income tax rate is 66.1%.

The all-consuming Margauxian economy, worth 67.1 trillion Marguins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 106,145 Marguins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, and the examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Margaux's national animal is the All Weather Routers, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Margaux is ranked 183,254th in the world and 1,154th in 10000 Islands for Most Avoided, scoring 0.79 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,944thTop
Most Influential: 3,951stMost Armed: 4,116thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,029thMost Conservative: 7,216thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,760thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,081stTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,610thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,489thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,314thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,747th
Most Conservative: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 54th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 58th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 78th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 103rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 133rd in the region

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