by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 628thMost Armed: 2,282ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,560th
The Golden Benevolent Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Empire has grown quiet. But, maybe that is bad.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.82 billion

LeaderEmpress May Erins Reaper
FaithCitizens Choice

AnimalGolden Horse

The Golden Benevolent Empire of Margaux is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Empress May Erins Reaper with an iron fist, and renowned for its vat-grown people, avowedly heterosexual populace, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.82 billion 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Triablo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 53.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Margauxian economy, worth 320 trillion Marguins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 176,166 Marguins, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references, the government snoops on private internet connections, citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts, and no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Margaux's national animal is the Golden Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Citizens Choice.

Margaux is ranked 189,067th in the world and 985th in 10000 Islands for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 376.08 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 628thMost Armed: 2,282ndTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,560thMost Secular: 2,920thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,871stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,033rdMost Influential: 4,221stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,853rdMost Conservative: 5,142ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,398thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,836thHighest Average Incomes: 9,403rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,432ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,495thLargest Black Market: 12,001stTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,380thMost Developed: 13,385thLowest Crime Rates: 13,536thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,991stMost Authoritarian: 16,021stLargest Governments: 17,775thMost Efficient Economies: 18,646thSmartest Citizens: 19,344th
Most Conservative: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionMost Secular: 57th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 60th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 79th in the regionLargest Black Market: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 82nd in the regionMost Extreme: 94th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 96th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 118th in the region

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