by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 28thLargest Populations: 77thHighest Crime Rates: 191st
The Startling Empire of
l'Union fait la force, la force fait l'union
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Population40.094 billion

LeaderFarao Rambert IV
FaithHeavy Metal


The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, unlimited-speed roads, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 40.094 billion Riems live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal government prioritizes Education, although Industry is also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riemstagradgrad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Riem economy, worth a remarkable 6,062 trillion dinars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 151,217 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens hear a diversity of opinions from a range of billionaire-owned corporations, the government thinks Riems can achieve social cohesion by drinking soda together, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, and the nation is wading into dangerous waters. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Riemstagrad's national animal is the agapornis, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Heavy Metal.

Riemstagrad is ranked 218,583rd in the world and 163rd in belgium for Highest Food Quality, scoring 6.25 on the Meeshlin-Starr Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 28thLargest Populations: 77thHighest Crime Rates: 191stMost Rebellious Youth: 269thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 279thMost Armed: 290thMost Avoided: 393rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 700thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 772ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 893rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,033rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,217thMost Efficient Economies: 1,439thHighest Economic Output: 1,499thRudest Citizens: 1,609thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,695thFattest Citizens: 2,287thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,430thMost Influential: 2,810thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,919thLargest Mining Sector: 3,250thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,934thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,944thMost Secular: 5,635thLargest Black Market: 8,913thNudest: 9,835thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,956thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,727thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,946thMost Cultured: 13,696thHighest Average Incomes: 14,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,716thHighest Drug Use: 16,601stMost Advanced Public Education: 16,611thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,874thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18,425th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the region

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