by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 242nd
The Holy Empire of
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Population39.22 billion

LeaderEmperor Emmanuel


The Holy Empire of Pogaria is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Emmanuel with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.22 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 3,443 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 87,807 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burning yourself alive is not okay but starving and whipping yourself is fine, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, and the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts.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 4,433rd in the world and 1st in The Empire for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,757.39 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Stationary: 2ndLargest Populations: 121stBest Weather: 242ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 251stMost Pacifist: 274thNicest Citizens: 320thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 334thMost Beautiful Environments: 337thSafest: 369thMost Valuable International Artwork: 385thMost Compassionate Citizens: 399thHighest Average Tax Rates: 503rdLowest Crime Rates: 579thHealthiest Citizens: 855thLargest Governments: 857thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,152ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,363rdMost Cultured: 1,381stMost Devout: 1,498thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,585thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,596thSmartest Citizens: 2,091stTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,812thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,932ndHighest Economic Output: 3,762ndMost Inclusive: 4,408thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,433rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,520thMost Influential: 5,996thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,161stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,534thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 15,195thMost Income Equality: 16,313thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,483rdHighest Poor Incomes: 19,065th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pogaria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lily".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting People with Disabilities".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Northern Borland"".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Whistleblower Protection Act".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Embassy".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Right To Secure Digital Communication".
  • : Pogaria was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Pogaria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Right to Assemble".
  • : Pogaria lost WA Delegate status in The Empire.
  • : Pogaria became WA Delegate of The Empire.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: None.

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