by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 99thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 215thHighest Poor Incomes: 320th
The Holy Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Empire et mon droit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.06 billion

CapitalEl Escorial
FaithImperial Cult


The Holy Imperium of Ostermarch is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Maximilian with an iron fist, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.06 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, moralistic, 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 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial economy, worth a remarkable 4,841 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 437,750 crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Confused-looking pigeons slide gently off frictionless window ledges, stealing from a clothesline is a serious offence, red rinses are frequently applied to grey hair, and the stratosphere is full of "silent but deadly" attacks from Maximilian's rear echelons. 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 217,064th in the world and 923rd in Europe for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.71 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Influential: 99thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 215thHighest Poor Incomes: 320thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 386thLargest Black Market: 496thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 511thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 597thHighest Average Incomes: 649thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 689thLargest Retail Industry: 798thMost Corrupt Governments: 799thLargest Insurance Industry: 832ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 903rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 940thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,069thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,104thLowest Crime Rates: 1,197thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,248thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,330thMost Efficient Economies: 1,480thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,550thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,769thLargest Mining Sector: 2,200thMost Devout: 2,364thFattest Citizens: 2,449thHighest Economic Output: 2,662ndTop
Largest Governments: 2,856thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,004thRudest Citizens: 4,452ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,797thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,681stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,309thMost Patriotic: 6,384thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,647thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,429thSmartest Citizens: 9,586thMost Stationary: 10,892ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,796thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,653rdMost Developed: 22,365thMost Conservative: 26,384th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionFattest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 45th in the regionMost Stationary: 46th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Influential: 49th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 57th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 61st in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 64th in the regionMost Patriotic: 69th in the regionRudest Citizens: 78th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 92nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 101st in the regionLargest Populations: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 120th in the region

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