by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 136thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 193rdHighest Poor Incomes: 331st
The Holy Imperium of
Father Knows Best State
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.108 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, ritual sacrifices, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.108 billion Imperials are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt 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 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 3,911 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 429,503 crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Rural Imperials stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with, and military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description. 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 4,926th in the world and 55th in Europe for Most Patriotic, with 51.3 Flags saluted per person per day.

Most Influential: 136thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 193rdHighest Poor Incomes: 331stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 393rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 494thLargest Black Market: 523rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 526thHighest Average Incomes: 603rdLargest Retail Industry: 647thMost Corrupt Governments: 715thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 752ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 787thLargest Insurance Industry: 888thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 893rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 899thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,093rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,188thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,197thMost Efficient Economies: 1,320thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,374thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,491stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,724thLargest Mining Sector: 2,064thMost Devout: 2,269thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,283rdFattest Citizens: 2,286thLargest Governments: 2,691stRudest Citizens: 2,709thHighest Economic Output: 3,242ndMost Patriotic: 4,926thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,161stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,835thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,267thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,453rdMost Developed: 8,724thSmartest Citizens: 9,563rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,390thTop
Most Stationary: 12,263rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,259thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,589thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,101st
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 37th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 40th in the regionRudest Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Influential: 50th in the regionMost Stationary: 52nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 55th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 98th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 122nd in the regionLargest Populations: 123rd in the region

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