by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 114th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 259th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 325th
The Royal Ponydom of
Corporate Police State
Celestia is love; Celestia is life
Princess Celestia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population16.542 billion

LeaderPrincess Celestia


The Royal Ponydom of Olthar is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Princess Celestia with an iron fist, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.542 billion Oltharians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterlot. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Oltharian economy, worth a remarkable 5,910 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 357,284 Bits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,838,640 per year while the poor average 37,920, a ratio of 48.5 to 1.

No animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship, and looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Olthar's national animal is the Filly, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ponyism.

Olthar is ranked 171,383rd in the world and 5,766th in Osiris for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring -64.88 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 114thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 259thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 325thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 325thMost Avoided: 333rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 338thMost Corrupt Governments: 342ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 361stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 365thLargest Mining Sector: 495thLargest Gambling Industry: 552ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 642ndLargest Retail Industry: 671stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 705thHighest Average Incomes: 825thHighest Economic Output: 981stFattest Citizens: 1,051stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,443rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,534thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,836thNudest: 3,218thRudest Citizens: 3,307thMost Devout: 3,543rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,620thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,990thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,948thMost Conservative: 5,773rdMost Armed: 6,357thLargest Black Market: 7,105thLargest Populations: 7,341stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,832ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,043rdTop
Most Extreme: 10,491stMost Pro-Market: 13,980thMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,951stLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,999th
Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 34th in the regionFattest Citizens: 40th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 78th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 119th in the regionRudest Citizens: 130th in the regionNudest: 136th in the regionMost Conservative: 151st in the regionMost Devout: 168th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 171st in the regionMost Extreme: 181st in the regionLargest Populations: 189th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 190th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 190th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 299th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 304th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 353rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 377th in the regionMost Influential: 388th in the regionMost Stationary: 439th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 533rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, no animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, most Oltharian video games are banned in other countries.
  • : Olthar was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, the government spends twice its healthcare budget on replacing stolen pens.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, the fate of the world literally rests on Princess Celestia's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, the nation gives peace a chance - usually one in a million.


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