by Max Barry

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Most Pacifist: 16,899thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,261stSafest: 22,389th
The Empire of
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Whenever you’re in fear, Nikolaias is here!
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Population88 million


The Empire of Nikolaias is a large, safe nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 88 million Nikolai Bruvs 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 relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 11.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Nikolaiasian economy, worth 4.53 trillion quinnels a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 51,480 quinnels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

A niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, and lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers. Crime is almost non-existent. Nikolaias's national animal is the dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Nikolaias is ranked 171,168th in the world and 373rd in United Kingdom for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 29.25 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Pacifist: 16,899thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,261stSafest: 22,389th
Most Pacifist: 58th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 60th in the region

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