by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 49thLargest Populations: 74thHighest Crime Rates: 203rd
The Startling Empire of
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Population42.125 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 renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, daily referendums, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 42.125 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 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 6,450 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 266,678th in the world and 186th in belgium for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -16.43 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 49thLargest Populations: 74thHighest Crime Rates: 203rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 263rdMost Rebellious Youth: 273rdMost Armed: 334thMost Avoided: 437thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 748thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 847thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 852ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,058thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,395thHighest Economic Output: 1,603rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,753rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,862ndRudest Citizens: 2,045thSmartest Citizens: 2,541stFattest Citizens: 2,646thMost Influential: 2,660thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,790thLargest Mining Sector: 3,379thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,997thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,074thMost Secular: 6,147thLargest Black Market: 6,186thNudest: 10,295thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,692ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,991stTop
Most Cultured: 13,837thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,274thHighest Average Incomes: 14,440thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,948thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,052ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,563rdHighest Drug Use: 24,477th
Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th 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 regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 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.