by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 49thLargest Populations: 73rdHighest Crime Rates: 204th
The Startling Empire of
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Population42.162 billion

LeaderFarao Rambert IV
FaithHeavy Metal


The Startling Empire of Riemstagrad is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Farao Rambert IV with a fair hand, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 42.162 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, with Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment receive no funds. 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 6,456 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 153,137 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 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 83,172nd in the world and 59th in belgium for Most Extreme, scoring 24.23 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 49thLargest Populations: 73rdHighest Crime Rates: 204thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 262ndMost Rebellious Youth: 274thMost Armed: 337thMost Avoided: 438thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 745thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 852ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 859thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,059thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,391stHighest Economic Output: 1,600thMost Efficient Economies: 1,745thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,866thRudest Citizens: 2,043rdSmartest Citizens: 2,540thMost Influential: 2,652ndFattest Citizens: 2,660thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,783rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,375thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,001stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,057thMost Secular: 6,143rdLargest Black Market: 6,195thNudest: 10,281stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,554thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,970thTop
Most Cultured: 13,836thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,323rdHighest Average Incomes: 14,472ndMost Advanced Public Education: 14,909thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,081stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,851stHighest Drug Use: 25,271st
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Cultured: 20th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 7 » HC Eredivisie, Soldaat van Oranje, Sennianus, Axorian, Spoenerviel, Rain and Shadow, and Ravania Belgica.