by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 141stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 187thMost Devout: 296th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
GOD
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Religione

Population2.364 billion

CapitalThe Promised Land

CurrencyFace of god
AnimalOstrich

The Holy Empire of Religione is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, ban on automobiles, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.364 billion Religioneans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Promised Land. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The all-consuming Religionean economy, worth 617 trillion Faces of god a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 261,219 Faces of god, with the richest citizens earning 8.4 times as much as the poorest.

Male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials, and artists regularly face criminal charges and art-burning parties are common. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Religione's national animal is the Ostrich, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Religione is ranked 5,054th in the world and 149th in The East Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 40.88 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Most Primitive: 141stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 187thMost Devout: 296thMost Ignorant Citizens: 446thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 453rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 998thLargest Mining Sector: 1,037thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,077thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,110thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,423rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,431stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,685thMost Conservative: 1,817thTop
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Most Avoided: 2,513thLowest Crime Rates: 2,725thHighest Average Incomes: 3,125thLargest Black Market: 3,204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,750thMost Authoritarian: 4,118thLargest Governments: 5,054thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,124thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,632ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,342ndTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,579thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,394thMost Extreme: 18,345thMost Subsidized Industry: 22,216thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,279th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 44th in the regionMost Avoided: 51st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 52nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 60th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 70th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 78th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 80th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 92nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 141st in the regionLargest Governments: 149th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 166th in the regionMost Extreme: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 220th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 234th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 478th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 507th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 540th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 553rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 714th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 750th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Religione, artists regularly face criminal charges and art-burning parties are common.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, pro-democracy protesters are shot on sight by state police.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, it takes all playtime for children to locate their friends among two hundred identical heads.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, workers' complaints never reach central planning.
  • : Religione was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry and Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, all writing must pass a censorship board before being allowed on the shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in Religione, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported.

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