by Max Barry

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 4,417thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,295th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Et magna Orientis Imperium
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population3.734 billion

LeaderSeptimius Odaenathus

AnimalHermit Ibis

The Empire of Palmyrene is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Septimius Odaenathus with an even hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 3.734 billion Palmyrenes have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palmyra. The average income tax rate is 70.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Palmyrenean economy, worth 612 trillion Antoninianuses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 163,941 Antoninianuses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days', and graffiti graces every city's streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Palmyrene's national animal is the Hermit Ibis, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Palmyrene is ranked 120,347th in the world and 79th in 21st Century Rome for Largest Black Market, with 176 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 4,417thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,295thMost Influential: 5,383rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,412thMost Developed: 5,720thSmartest Citizens: 6,413thHealthiest Citizens: 7,157thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,687thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,811thMost Efficient Economies: 8,556thLowest Crime Rates: 8,993rdMost Secular: 9,236thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,607thHighest Average Incomes: 10,972ndTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 11,144thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,499thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,163rdMost Inclusive: 12,472ndLargest Governments: 15,277thMost Cultured: 15,515thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,574thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,258thBest Weather: 16,861stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,657thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,901stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,529th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the region

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