by Max Barry

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,890th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,329th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,497th
The Protectorate of
Corporate Police State
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Population10.381 billion



The Protectorate of Northrumbia is a gargantuan, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.381 billion Northrumbians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, with Spirituality and Defense also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rothera. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.4%.

The powerhouse Northrumbian economy, worth 905 trillion pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 87,262 pounds, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 337,449 per year while the poor average 15,484, a ratio of 21.8 to 1.

The government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, the populace harbors a fierce hatred of the metric system, new cases of Asbestosis are cropping up as quickly as hospitals can deal with them, and drones are unable to lift the weight of their accompanying paperwork. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Northrumbia's national animal is the penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Northrumbia is ranked 11,691st in the world and 1st in The Empire of Britain for Most Pro-Market, scoring 81.33 on the Rand Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,890thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,329thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,497thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,960thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,225thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,719thMost Avoided: 8,787thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,544thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,884thLargest Mining Sector: 10,332ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,470thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,625thMost Pro-Market: 11,691stFattest Citizens: 11,780thMost Devout: 13,041stMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,374thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,915thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,267thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,274thHighest Economic Output: 16,295th

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