by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,896thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,053rdLargest Black Market: 10,930th
The Federal Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Soar With Freedom
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population16.072 billion



The Federal Republic of Neornith is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, flagrant waste-dumping, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.072 billion Avans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aviena. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.7%.

The powerhouse Neornithian economy, worth a remarkable 1,299 trillion anks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 80,833 anks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 238,228 per year while the poor average 21,582, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

Farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes', candidates for public office painstakingly research their family trees to ensure their eligibility, and only AI know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Neornith's national animal is the raptor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Neornith is ranked 33,582nd in the world and 3rd in The Expanse for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 5,371.59 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,896thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,053rdLargest Black Market: 10,930thMost Armed: 11,099thTop
Largest Populations: 11,850thHighest Economic Output: 12,870thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,488thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,948thLargest Retail Industry: 19,472ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,095thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,507thHighest Disposable Incomes: 21,743rd
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Neornith was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Neornith's influence in The Expanse rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Neornith was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Neornith proposed constructing embassies between The Expanse and Armagedox.


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