by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 127thBest Weather: 264th
The Holy Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Join us or go to hell.
Civil Rights
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Population41.179 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 41.179 billion Pogarians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dominion. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Pogarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,400 trillion kosses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 82,577 kosses, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says that all Pogarians are created equal — no matter how they were created, burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pogaria's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Truthism.

Pogaria is ranked 254,281st in the world and 2nd in The Empire for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.25 crimes per hour.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 127thBest Weather: 264thMost Cheerful Citizens: 267thMost Pacifist: 303rdMost Beautiful Environments: 375thNicest Citizens: 404thSafest: 405thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 514thMost Compassionate Citizens: 524thHighest Average Tax Rates: 534thLowest Crime Rates: 625thMost Valuable International Artwork: 761stLargest Governments: 903rdHealthiest Citizens: 905thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,276thMost Cultured: 1,440thMost Devout: 1,599thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,639thHighest Food Quality: 1,691stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,728thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,131stSmartest Citizens: 2,164thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,774thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,733rdHighest Economic Output: 4,521stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,754thMost Inclusive: 4,776thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,069thMost Influential: 5,903rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,488thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,493rdTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 14,867thMost Income Equality: 16,470thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,661stHighest Poor Incomes: 21,509th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Life-Ending Services".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Sacara".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "LEO Force Restrictions".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate A Liberal Haven".
  • : Pogaria agreed to construct embassies between The Empire and The Monarchies Union.
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Reflections on 2021".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Advancement of WA Diversity".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Sacara".
  • : Pogaria agreed to construct embassies between The Empire and Guinea Kiribati.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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