by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 37thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 175thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 175th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
Hair Broom
Emperor Emeritus
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population29.35 billion

LeaderHair Broom
FaithThe Worship of Zeus and Hades

AnimalGolden Eagle

The Empire of Onderkelkia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Hair Broom with an iron fist, and notable for its triple-decker prams, digital currency, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 29.35 billion Onderkelkians 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, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Inginas. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Onderkelkian economy, worth an astonishing 10,053 trillion Sovereigns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 342,529 Sovereigns, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,206,167 per year while the poor average 3,108, a ratio of 1,031 to 1.

The nation's historic treasures have been sold off to Maxtopia's "Museum of Onderkelkian Artifacts That They're Too Stupid to Appreciate", birth announcements often also serve as death announcements, the populace harbors a fierce hatred of the metric system, and women earn less than half the salary of men if they can even find a job. 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. Onderkelkia's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Worship of Zeus and Hades.

Onderkelkia is ranked 236,823rd in the world and 764th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.1 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 37thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 175thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 175thLargest Insurance Industry: 200thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 242ndLargest Gambling Industry: 247thMost Avoided: 265thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 321stMost Ignorant Citizens: 350thHighest Economic Output: 411thFattest Citizens: 416thHighest Disposable Incomes: 430thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 446thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 475thMost Valuable International Artwork: 509thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 618thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 624thLargest Agricultural Sector: 646thLargest Mining Sector: 741stMost Corrupt Governments: 826thMost Devout: 851stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,043rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,056thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,087thHighest Average Incomes: 1,261stLargest Populations: 2,151stTop
Most Stationary: 2,474thMost Armed: 2,566thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,185thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,417thRudest Citizens: 3,559thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,767thMost Conservative: 5,559thMost Efficient Economies: 7,293rdMost Influential: 8,193rdLargest Black Market: 8,216thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,179thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,882ndMost Pro-Market: 15,451stMost Extreme: 15,991stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,934thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,269thLowest Crime Rates: 18,360th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 17th in the regionMost Conservative: 19th in the regionMost Extreme: 22nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 39th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 58th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 69th in the region

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