by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 21stLargest Populations: 80thHighest Crime Rates: 192nd
The Startling Empire of
l'Union fait la force, la force fait l'union
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Population39.401 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 deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 39.401 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 5,925 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 150,379 dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories, shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district, and the name of the "Butcher of Bigtopia" adorns shirts across Riemstagrad. 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 241,243rd in the world and 192nd in belgium for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring -37.01 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 21stLargest Populations: 80thHighest Crime Rates: 192ndMost Rebellious Youth: 262ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 277thMost Armed: 302ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 699thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 737thMost Avoided: 865thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 918thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,060thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,206thMost Efficient Economies: 1,411thHighest Economic Output: 1,484thRudest Citizens: 1,514thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,661stFattest Citizens: 2,281stSmartest Citizens: 2,386thTop
Most Influential: 2,791stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,944thLargest Mining Sector: 3,165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,039thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,991stMost Secular: 5,636thLargest Black Market: 8,615thNudest: 10,130thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,381stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,075thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 13,462ndMost Cultured: 13,728thHighest Average Incomes: 13,946thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,652ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,392ndMost Advanced Public Education: 16,781stHighest Drug Use: 17,918thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,885th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionTop
Fattest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 6 » HC Eredivisie, Rain and Shadow, Soldaat van Oranje, Sennianus, Ravania Belgica, and The Phyrreon Empire.

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