by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 170thMost Influential: 238thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 381st
The Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.48 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.48 billion Imperials are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Escorial. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,232 trillion crowns a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 432,125 crowns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services, and conscientious objectors are hanged as traitors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostermarch's national animal is the demigryph, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Ostermarch is ranked 215,620th in the world and 1,105th in Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -296.29 on the Hayek Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 170thMost Influential: 238thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 381stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 421stLargest Retail Industry: 472ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 507thHighest Average Incomes: 547thLargest Black Market: 557thMost Corrupt Governments: 640thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 673rdHighest Poor Incomes: 681stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 771stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 771stLargest Insurance Industry: 838thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 970thMost Avoided: 1,013thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,017thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,134thLowest Crime Rates: 1,152ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,318thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,646thLargest Mining Sector: 1,846thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,958thMost Devout: 2,118thFattest Citizens: 2,137thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,244thLargest Governments: 2,635thRudest Citizens: 3,246thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,496thHighest Economic Output: 3,833rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,597thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,284thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,675thMost Developed: 8,724thSmartest Citizens: 9,758thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,975thTop
Most Stationary: 13,681stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,896thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,268th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 23rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 40th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 42nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 50th in the regionRudest Citizens: 51st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 60th in the regionMost Stationary: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 103rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 114th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 115 » Imperium Anglorum, Sinclairtown, The Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, Troltovia, Wombelland, Northern German Federation, The New Nordic Union, Lexembourg, Dark Matter, Yahlia, Ahma, Feria-Alkaline, Einswenn, An Clar, Slavorussia, Evka, TF1 TASK FORCE 1, Slavonia and Srijem, Thracia Republic, Lovisa, Irminsulia, Saint Domingo, North of Americas, Cre Alworkez, Pilipinas and Malaya, Germany Third Reich, Alsted, St Scarlett, Regnum Italiae, Nardin, Maritzal, Purgatio, Baycanistan, Lieges, Rouvenor, The Mongol Plain, Bohomo, Quentenia, Imperium Malignis, Corthaen, Alympian Kingdom, South St Maarten, Outer Sparta, Pazano, Wessex and Cornwall, Leszno, GanymedEuropa, Dorpz, Death Bat, Greate San Marino, and 65 others.Thracia and Crimea, Estonesia, Soviet Krussia, Cytadela, Nuweland, Jim the Baptist, Supcotia, Republic of Satherland, Leranditale, Boldia, Beauprix, Kenmoria WA Mission, Parliamentary Laramidia, Brakanistan, British Norklon, Viciebskaja, Soviet Taoistan, Blechingia, Navence, Mallesia, Stromia, Sicilian Imperial-Capitalist Empire, Novo Portugal, Belgique et France, Betasia, Neuchateau, Walfo, Dalmannia, Lord Sapre, Rijland, Enway, Elitestland, Legique, Shagolaa, Sienkahn, Socialist Balkans, Great Winminster, Alba-Nord, Kanokla, Drew Durrnil, Chronus, The Champions League, Pontus and Trebizond, Prussian-Union, Invernessia, Iggly Iggle, Ausvelt, Someseni, Transmontagne, The New Dawn Imperium, Jambon, Arabia Deserta, Destyntine, Savinecross, Miechow 2, Shaor, Trenaka, Canovium, Romana Imperium de Italia, Poland-Kaliningrad, Greater Albaina, Grodisze, New Vorarlberg, The Seven Provinces, and Abject Ludicrosity.

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