by Max Barry

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 469th Most Devout: 2,511th Nudest: 3,306th
The Holy Empire of
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Peterman Can!
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Population576 million



The Holy Empire of Peterman is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its pith helmet sales, compulsory military service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 576 million Petermaniacs 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, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oakland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.2%.

The thriving Petermaniac economy, worth 54.9 trillion interceptions a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is 95,363 interceptions, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 269,950 per year while the poor average 26,937, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

It ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Peterman, the religious lobby has the power of veto over health initiatives, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, and the Treasury Minister's valet handles the crass business of public money. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Peterman's national animal is the buffalo, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Peterman is ranked 155,099th in the world and 1st in The Southwest Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 51.68 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 469thTop
Most Devout: 2,511thNudest: 3,306thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,533rdMost Conservative: 4,549thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,704thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,798thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,253rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,563rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,946thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,090thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,403rd

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