by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,590thMost Influential: 5,862ndMost Devout: 8,825th
The Holy Empire of
New York Times Democracy
From the Heavens we came, to the Heavens we Rise.
Emperor Pogue
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.017 billion

LeaderEmperor Pogue

CurrencyObsidian Credit
AnimalNatarkite Bearded Vulture

The Holy Empire of Natarkan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Pogue with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, aversion to nipples, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.017 billion Natarkites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ethøs. The average income tax rate is 68.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Natarkite economy, worth 563 trillion Obsidian Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 112,370 Obsidian Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ethøs has restaurants serving every meat from aardvark to zebra, the cruise missile launchers on the field hospital roof are purely deterrent in purpose, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Natarkite Embarrassments, and exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Natarkan's national animal is the Natarkite Bearded Vulture, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Natarkan is ranked 44,797th in the world and 588th in 10000 Islands for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 3,762.64 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,590thMost Influential: 5,862ndMost Devout: 8,825thLargest Retail Industry: 10,632ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,328thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,712thTop
Most Cultured: 14,814thMost Developed: 18,125thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,405thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,824thHighest Food Quality: 21,535thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,000thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,464thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,644thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 25,368thMost Efficient Economies: 25,984th
Most Devout: 89th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 142nd in the region

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